Simple linear regression in medical research.

  title={Simple linear regression in medical research.},
  author={Keith Godfrey},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={313 26},
  • Keith Godfrey
  • Published 1985 in The New England journal of medicine
This article discusses the method of fitting a straight line to data by linear regression and focuses on examples from 36 Original Articles published in the Journal in 1978 and 1979. Medical authors generally use linear regression to summarize the data (as in 12 of 36 articles in my survey) or to calculate the correlation between two variables (21 of 36 articles). Investigators need to become better acquainted with residual plots, which give insight into how well the fitted line models the data… CONTINUE READING