Medical Statistics from Scratch

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9780470844748: Medical Statistics from Scratch

This second edition combines information from the original two books, Statistics from Scratch and Statistics Further from Scratch, to make one, comprehensive, user friendly, down-to-earth guide to elementary statistics. The book presents a detailed account of the most important procedures for the analysis of data, from the calculation of simple proportions, to a variety of statistical tests, and the use of regression models for modeling of clinical outcomes. The level of mathematics is kept to a minimum to make the material easily accessible to the novice, and a multitude of illustrative cases are included in every chapter, drown from the current research literature.

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This new edition combines extensively reworked material from the original two books, Statistics from Scratch and Statistics Further from Scratch, with a lot of completely new material, to make a one-volume comprehensive, and user-friendly introduction to medical statistics. The level of mathematics is kept to a minimum to make the material easily accessible to the mathematically unsophisticated reader, without detracting from the very high quality content. Immediacy is achieved with the inclusion of a multitude of illustrative cases in every chapter, drawn from the current research literature.

Key features include:
* Clear statements of the learning objectives for each chapter

* Detailed explanation of the crucial distinctions between types of data

* Invaluable help in choosing the most appropriate ways of presenting and summarising data using charts and tables

* Practical tips on how to interpret basic descriptive statistics
A detailed account of the most important procedures for the analysis of data, from the calculation of simple proportions, through a variety of statistical tests, to the use of regression models for modelling of clinical outcomes
* Use of real data in a wide variety of helpful work-through examples and end of chapter exercises

* Insightful examples of output from SPSS and Minitab for the most common applications

* Comprehensive coverage of the advantages and problems of a wide variety of methods for the collection of data, from simple random samples and cross-section studies, to cohort, case-control and clinical trials
This book will provide not only an excellent foundation in statistics for the uninitiated making it ideal for all students and professionals in health care and medicine who are maybe approaching the subject for the first time, but will be equally useful to those professionals who want to refresh their understanding of any of a wide number of statistical concepts and applications

About the Author:

David Bowers, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK.

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