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Why Statistics?

Many people involved in the clinical laboratory sciences need to be familiar with basic statistics for a variety of reasons. These reasons include:

  • performing, interpreting, and understanding quality control
  • interpreting results of instrument testing
  • determining suitability of different methods or instruments for the same task
  • understanding how acceptable laboratory procedures and methods are established
  • determining reference (normal) ranges for clinical tests of normal
  • understanding clinical trials and new methods presented in journals and articles
  • performing those trials and research projects yourself