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The Pediatric Forum
May 2001

The Necessity for Statistical Precision

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(5):619-620. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.5.618

Adequate nutrient intake by children and adolescents is fundamental to their short- and long-term health. When dietary records are used to assess nutrient sufficiency, there is no room for error. There are 3 errors in the article by Ballew and colleagues.1

First, the citation of "Hamrack et al" in the text and in reference 4 should have been Harnack et al. Second, there is a discrepancy between the text and the tabulated information. On page 1151, the authors state that the odds ratios (ORs) for the effect of carbonated soda (CS) on calcium intake range from 0.97 to 0.95. However, the ORs reported in Table 4 range from 0.99 to 0.95.

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