Neurosurgical data bases

Mary A. Foulkes Biometry and Field Studies Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland

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✓ Prospectively collected data bases are discussed with particular reference to neurosurgical data. The objectives, design, and collection of data bases are detailed. Statistical issues that relate to the analysis of these data bases are reviewed, with examples from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke-supported Traumatic Coma Data Bank. The utility and limitations of data base inferences are considered.

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