# Statistical Assessment

2.Briefly summarize and report on each statistic and discuss whether the assumptions of each test were met and if the type of data was appropriate for each statistical test.

3.Include the following sections in your paper:

Section 1 a review of the data analysis:

Provide a discussion of the following elements:

1. What is the problem or question(s) this research concerns?

2. Give a brief overview of how the data were collected.

What is the source of data? (I.e., questionnaire, physiological data, existing statistical information, etc.). In some studies there are two or more sources of data.

4. List the independent and dependent variables

5. Discuss sample size estimation. Consider the following

a.Was a power analysis conducted?

b.Was the sample size appropriate for the statistical test? Why or why not?

6. Describe the statistic used to measure the hypotheses/ research questions.

a.How is this appropriate?

b.How were assumptions met?

c.Is the level of measurement appropriate? Why or why not?

7. Discuss how the data were displayed (i.e. graphs, tables)

a.Were these appropriate? Why or why not?

Section II Data analysis Evaluation:

What did the data analysis show?

What conclusions were drawn by the authors?

Do you agree or disagree with the conclusions? Why or why not?

Were the study limitations discussed? What were the limitations if any? How did the authors deal with the limitations?

Give your overall evaluations of the methods used in this article, including a discussion of the following questions:

What things were done well?

What were done poorly?

How much trust do you put in the findings

Section III: Understanding the Data:

1.Provide a discussion of the usefulness of each study to your nursing peers.

2.What might they think of the study?

3.What might they find confusing?

4.What aspects of the studies might they question?

5.Summarize why you think the studies do or do not provide sufficient evidence to change practice.

6.Summarize your thoughts related to the usefulness of the statistics.

## Sample size estimation

A power analysis was used to estimate the sample size (a = 0.05, medium effect size f 2 = 0.15, two- tailed, 80% statistical power). The results of this formed the basis for establishing that a sample size of seventy six participants was adequate. A total of 78 patients suffering from eating disorders were recruited initially (King & Bernstein, 2009).However, 5 of them did not complete all the instruments and this led to 73 participants. While recruiting a large number of participants would have accounted for participant dropout or ineligibility, finding an adequately large number was difficult since Korea does not commonly recognize eating disorders as diseases.

## The study is very useful to nursing peers since it offers the recommendation that early interventions for depression and childhood trauma are vital in curbing eating disorders in the traumatized patients. They would consider the study productive and one that offers insights into other areas that can be researched. There are no study aspects that are not well elaborated. However, there is a need to address the limitations in the study.

Reference

King, S., & Bernstein, K. (2009). Childhood trauma as a predictor of eating psychopathology and            its mediating variables in patients with eating disorders. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18,       1897- 1907.