[R] Using t tests

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at me.com
Fri Jul 8 18:02:27 CEST 2011

Just to add onto Greg's comments, you may want to review this thread over on MedStats, since this topic was just discussed extensively this week, initially as a query about using LOS as a covariate:


It is highly unlikely that LOS is normally distributed.


Marc Schwartz

On Jul 8, 2011, at 10:43 AM, Greg Snow wrote:

> How are you measuring length of stay?  A chi-square test suggests that you have it categorized, a t-test assumes it is continuous (and relatively symmetric with the amount depending on sample size).
> Do you have any censoring? (patients dying or transferring before discharge) if so you should look at survival analysis.
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> Dear Sir,
> I am doing some work on a population of patients. About half of them are  
> admitted into hospital with albumin levels less than 33. The other half have  
> albumin levels greater than 33, so I stratify them into 2 groups, x and y  
> respectively.
> I suspect that the average length of stay in hospital for the group of  
> patients (x) with albumin levels less than 33 is greater than those  with 
> albumin levels greater than 33 (y).
> What command function do I use (assuming that I will be using the chi  
> square test) to show that the length of stay in hospital of those in group x is  
> statistically significantly different from those in group y?
> I look forward to your thoughts.
> Ivo Gwanmesia

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