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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:

  • Evaluating quantitative quality control results
  • Evaluating new test methods
  • Understanding how acceptable laboratory procedures and methods are established
  • Determining reference values for laboratory tests
  • Understanding clinical trials and new methods presented in journals and articles
  • Performing research projects