# Interpretation Fisher exact test [statistics]

#### Scha234

##### New Member
Can you help me interpret the output of the fisher exact test?

Fisher exact test = 0.037
Question: How significant is the fisher exact test result of 0.037?
The hypothesis would be: Medication A can lead to illness Z, because of p = 0.037?
Odds ratio would be 6.327, is that as well significant?
Thanks!

#### hlsmith

##### Less is more. Stay pure. Stay poor.
Both are based on your a priori stated alpha level. What was your stated level of significance?

If the p value is below your level of significance, than your confidence intervals on the odds ratio will also exclude the null value.

#### Scha234

##### New Member
Hello,
0.05 is alpha. So 0.037 is below, so that value is significant? I am just unsure because of Medication A Parameters YES there are just 5 and 3 values.. Is that enough to calculate a significant output of p?
What do you mean with "confidence intervals on the odds ratio will also exclude the null value"?
The 0 hypothesis is there is NO statistical correlation between Medication and illness if p > 0.05.
p = 0.037 tells, that there is a statistical correlation, right?

The Chi² (Pearson) gives the output of 0.009 (asymptotic significance (two-sided)). But i would use the fisher exakt test, because of the small values of 5 and 3, as the fisher exact test is reliable even with a small number of observations, right?

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#### katxt

##### Well-Known Member
there are just 5 and 3 values.. Is that enough to calculate a significant output of p?
Apparently yes.