Practical guide to understanding multivariable analyses, part B: Conjunctive consolidation

J. Gail Neely*, Judith E. Cho Lieu, Sunitha M. Sequeira, Evan Graboyes, Randal C. Paniello, Brian Nussenbaum, David J. Grindler, Courtney C.J. Voelker

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Conjunctive consolidation, one method of multivariable analysis by arranging data into clusters, is intuitive and transparent. An unexpected consequence in writing this article was the discovery of just how useful it is in critically analyzing articles and in designing new projects. It has stimulated a fresh understanding as to the value of multivariable thinking in all clinical research. This article is organized into the sequential steps for performing conjunctive consolidation for critically analyzing an article of interest and for completing the process, pending all required data are available. Investigators, particularly those who perform clinical research, should consider conjunctive consolidation as a valuable method of multivariable analysis with which to report data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjunctive consolidation
  • Multivariable analysis
  • Research design
  • Statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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