St. Mary Maternity Hospital: Introduction to SPSS and Statistical Analysis
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St. Mary Maternity Hospital, a nonprofit organization, had a mission to deliver healthy babies at normal weight and to offer medical care to expectant mothers regardless of their financial situation. This case demonstrates the value of staying focused on achieving a mission statement. To achieve the hospital’s mission, it was important to identify factors that could affect the weight and health of babies. This case demonstrates how a few factors related to birth could result in insightful and actionable recommendations for doctors, administrators, and policy makers.
This case is suitable for undergraduate, graduate, and management development programs related to statistical analysis. The purpose of the case is to teach introductory-level statistics using SPSS statistical software. This case is about not only number-crunching exercises, but also developing insights into what the numbers are not telling us. Specifically, the case has the following objectives:
- To identify relevant factors (variables) that can impact birth weight.
- To teach introductory-level statistical analysis, including correlations, X2 Test, t-test – comparisons of means, regression analysis, and ANOVA – and analysis of variance.
- To teach the fundamentals of SPSS software.
- To illustrate the difficulty in collecting data on a sensitive issue in a health care setting.
Health Care Services
India, Large, 2010
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