Use of Statistical Tests in Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects
Originally Published In
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
A working knowledge of statistical tests, their application, and interpretation is vital to evidence-based practice. A purposive sample of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects listed in ProQuest (N = 667) were assessed for general use of statistics and data on the most frequently used statistical tests were compiled. Results enumerated the top 10 tests used with the top 3 methods reliant on basic and descriptive statistics. Application to practice and contributions to the evidence-base from DNP Projects are discussed. Potential statistical and methods issues are presented, along with some possible remedies. To improve project outcomes and professional practice, scoping of DNP statistical education is needed.