Jeffrey Brian Barnes; David T. Bess, PharmD, BCPS
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Barnes J., Bess D.; Effect of Low-Dose Continuous Estrogen and Progesterone Therapy with Calcium and Vitamin D on Bone in Elderly Women. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:244-245. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-3-200002010-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(3):244-245.
TO THE EDITOR:
While preparing to present Recker and colleagues' article (1) for a journal club meeting, I noticed a discrepancy between the data presented in the Results section and the data reported in graphical form. The authors list differences between the HRT group and placebo group in terms of changes in bone mineral density and content at different sites. These changes are represented graphically in Figure 2. While examining the data presented in graphical form, I was confused by the labeling of the lines that represent the two study groups. According to the key, the HRT group is represented by diamonds and the placebo group is represented by squares. However, upon comparing the graphs to the numerical data in the text, it is obvious that the key is reversed (that is, the HRT group is denoted by squares and the placebo group by diamonds). This led to much confusion because it appears that the author's results are the opposite of what they actually are.
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