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Comment & Response
January 2015

Problematic Consequences of Using Standard Errors Rather Than Standard Deviations—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Healthy Child Manitoba Office, Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 3Manitoba Institute of Child Health, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2989

In Reply On behalf of my coauthors, I thank Dr Dubois for highlighting the error of reporting treatment effect in the article that described the results of the cluster randomized clinical trial of the Healthy Buddies Curriculum, recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.1 Dr Dubois correctly highlighted the fact that the “the use of a measure’s standard error for calculating an effect size is problematic” because it would inflate the estimate of the effect size.

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