In the 1970s a study was conducted in Philadelphia in which 500 cases were randomly assigned to treatments for the common cold: 250 subjects received the medication and 250 received a placebo. A total of 383 patients improved within 24 hours. Of those who received the medication 241 improved within 24 hours and of those who received the placebo 142 improved within 24 hours. A test of significance was conducted on the following hypotheses.
: The rates for the two treatments are equal.
: The treatment of medication has a higher improvement rate.
This test resulted in a p-value of 0.0761.
a.) Interpret what this p-value measures in the context of this study.
b.) Based on this p-value and study design, what conclusion should be drawn in the context of this study? Use a significance level of .
c.) Based on your conclusion in part (b), which type of error, Type I or Type II, could have been made? What is one potential consequence of this error?