When I first entered the world of natural birth I was educated to believe body weight had no effect on maternal or infant outcomes. The organization I trained with was equally adamant that gestational weight gain was a useless measure that predicted nothing.
The problem with epidemiological associations is the wide variety of things which may be driving them. For example, a new study reports an association between hospital geographic location and the variation in primary cesarean delivery rates in the United States. This phenomena is not
A study published in the June edition of Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica explored fear of childbirth through maternal surveys. While the study question was about the effect of counseling for fear of childbirth, several interesting things are revealed in the descriptive
Here is an opportunity for you to participate in research that helps us understand what it is like to become a mother. Researchers at the University of Michigan are investigating the pregnancy-related experiences that are unique to sexual minorities to help minimize
I’ve spent the last five years learning how to interpret research, I know it isn’t easy. I didn’t always know this. I used to think I could read the conclusions of a paper, check out a few things and either incorporate it
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for spending the summer learning how to read the statistics in research with me. I hope you found the series helpful, and maybe it inspired you to read more research. If so, I
You may have been wondering why I had not discussed qualitative research in this series. The un-glamorous answer is that while qualitative research helps to inform practice, it doesn’t actually use statistics as we think about them. Statistics lives in the world
Last time we talked about the unique contributions of a systematic review. Today we will talk about how meta-analysis informs our practice. Remember, these are both techniques that synthesize existing data. This means just like a systematic review, a meta-analysis must be