Statistical inference is overemphasised in cluster investigations: The case of the cluster of breast cancers at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation studios in Brisbane, Australia

Coory, M. (2008) Statistical inference is overemphasised in cluster investigations: The case of the cluster of breast cancers at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation studios in Brisbane, Australia. Internal Medicine Journal, 38 4: 288-291. doi:10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01617.x


Author Coory, M.
Title Statistical inference is overemphasised in cluster investigations: The case of the cluster of breast cancers at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation studios in Brisbane, Australia
Journal name Internal Medicine Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-0903
1445-5994
Publication date 2008-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01617.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 288
End page 291
Total pages 4
Editor Jeff Szer
Place of publication Carlton, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject C1
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract The aim of statistical analyses in cluster investigations is to estimate the probability that the aggregation of cases could be due to chance. As a result of several statistical problems – including the post-hoc nature of the analysis and the subjective nature of implied multiple comparisons – this cannot be carried out with any certainty. In cluster investigations, expert opinion should carry much more weight than P-values, which are exceedingly difficult to interpret.
Keyword clusters
case series
statistical inference
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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