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**pc269** Hi,

I am a Masters student at the University of Exeter in England currently writing an essay comparing the rehabilitative efficacy of different exercise modes in treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). To compare treatment conditions I need to calculate the percentage change of various exercise measures from pre- to post-training. Whilst this is simple enough, I do not know how to calculate percentage change taking into account standard deviation values.

For example:

137(38) to 99(26) (values expressed as mean(SD))

I calculate the above change as 27.7% ((38/137) x 100 = 27.7). However, apparently the correct percentage change is 25%. Can anyone help?

Thanks very much,

Paul