Statistical Questions in Evidence-based Medicine

Paperback | September 1, 2000

byJ. Martin Bland, Janet Peacock

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Statistical Questions in Evidence-based Medicine is a book of questions and answers about the statistical principles and methods used in medical research. Based entirely on material published in the medical literature and popular media, it will prove invaluable to medical students, doctors,nurses, medical researchers and others concerned with medical data. This book is a companion volume to the new 3rd edition of An Introduction to Medical Statistics but can also be used in conjunction with the 2nd edition or with other good texts. Short excerpts of material from published papers orsummaries of their results are presented with questions. These test and develop the reader's understanding and interpretation of statistics and extend the reader's research and critical appraisal skills, thus encouraging an evidence-based approach. Questions are presented on the left-hand page withdetailed answers on the right-hand page. Answers include references to core material in An Introduction to Medical Statistics. The book is intended as a series of examples for self-teaching but could also be read as a series of case studies with detailed commentaries. The questions are clearlygraded, using icons, in terms of difficulty and undergraduate or postgraduate level. The book is easy to use and a model of clarity for the reader.

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Statistical Questions in Evidence-based Medicine is a book of questions and answers about the statistical principles and methods used in medical research. Based entirely on material published in the medical literature and popular media, it will prove invaluable to medical students, doctors,nurses, medical researchers and others concern...

Martin Bland is Professor of Medical Statistics and Janet Peacock is Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics both in the Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192629921

ISBN - 13:9780192629920

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The design of experiments3. Sampling and observational studies4. Summarizing data5. Presenting data6. Probability7. The Normal distribution8. Estimation9. Significance tests10. Comparing the means of small samples11. Regression and correlation12. Methods based on rank order13. The analysis of cross-tabulations14. Choosing the statistical method15. Clinical measurement16. Mortality statistics17. Multifactorial methods18. Determination of sample size19. General questionsReferences

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"The great advantage of the book is that the information is provided in the form of 'normal' language, and statistical jargon or complex formulae are avoided. The book alone will not teach statistics, but when used with the companion text it promises to make understanding the role ofstatistics in medical research easy."Journal of Tropical Paediatrics