Repeated measures in one patient

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Repeated measures in one patient

I have a question regarding the validity of a statistical test. If we take N randomly sample from a laboratory sample of the same patient and we obtain N values of the same parameter before the treatment and then we repeat the same thing some time later, after the treatment, is it correct to perform an unpaired test between the N values before treatment and N values after the treatment, in one patient? Is this a valid way to prove efficacy, or the repeated measure of a parameter in one patient is rather a reliability measurement?

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Re: Repeated measures in one patient

You can analyze them as unpaired. Your universe is the one patient and what you are really doing is testing the consistency of result under two different treatment condition.

It's not generalizable beyond that one patient, but you can do it.

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Re: Repeated measures in one patient

Thank you for your help!

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