Ahmad, M., Al-Ananbeh, E., Khrais, H., Atoum, M., Al-Rimawi, R., Alsadi, M., & Alzaatreh, M.
The status of statistical assumptions in published nursing research
Purpose: To examine the presence and appropriate usage of the statistical assumptions in nursing journals that have an impact factor. Methods: Using a retrospective exploratory design, 90 studies were examined. All the selected papers are classified by the Institute for Scientific Information and have an impact factor. The reviewed papers were distributed equally over the years 2005, 2010, and 2015. Results: More than half of the examined studies did not report any testing for the statistical assumptions. Even more, the percentage of the journals that did not report the statistical assumptions were the ones with the highest impact factor. Conclusion: The findings of this study will contribute in the direction of professional development by increasing the awareness of the importance of explicit reporting the statistical assumptions appropriately and adequately in the published nursing research.
Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 2018, Vol. 25, pp. 477-483, DOI: 10.4473/TPM25.4.1