Here are the criteria for the preparation of tables, as specified by the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Science:
- Write table titles at the top of the table.
- Number tables sequentially with Roman numerals.
- Include the following information in a title, whenever possible: who, what, where, why and when.
- Put the independent variable in the left column, and the dependent variable in the right, if you are listing data with independent and dependent variables.
- Label each column with the appropriate units.
- Adequately space tables that appear on the same page.
Table I Patient specimens analyzed for blood urea nitrogen on the Dimension RxL and the Vitros 250 at City Hospital
|Sample #||RxL (mg/dL urea)||Vitros 250 (mg/dl) urea|
In this case, the Dimension RxL is the "reference method" and is considered the independent variable, while the Vitros 250 is the "test method" and is considered the dependent variable.