Clinical Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine: Fundamental Principles of Clinical Reasoning & Research

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SAGE, Aug 21, 2001 - Medical - 295 pages
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“The presentation is consistently excellent. One, the writing is lucid and organized in a way that should be very natural for the clinical reader. Two, the text requires no background in mathematics and uses a minimum of symbols. And, three, the methodological concepts and clinical issues are well integrated through a number of carefully prepared and comprehensive examples.” Greg Samsa, Associate Director, Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research If a patient is older or younger than, sicker or healthier than, taller or shorter than or simply different from the subjects of a study, do the results pertain? Clinical Epidemiology & Evidence-based Medicine is a resource for all health-care workers involved in applying evidence to the care of their patients. Using clinical examples and citing liberally from the peer-reviewed literature, the book shows how statistical principles can improve medical decisions. Plus, as Katz shows how probability, risk and alternatives are fundamental considerations in all clinical decisions, he demonstrates the intuitive basis for using clinical epidemiolgy as a science underlying medical decisions. After reading this text, the practitioner should be better able to access, interpret, and apply evidence to patient care as well as better understand and control the process of medical decision making.
 

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Contents

PopulationBased Data
5
Disease Probability Test
13
Predictive
45
The Art and Science
69
Measuring and Conveying Risk
91
Principles
107
Mechanics
127
Interpreting Statistics in the Medical Literature
181
Diagnosis
211
Management
219
Getting at the Evidence
225
Considering Cost In Clinical Practice
249
Clinically Useful Measures Derived
257
Text Sources
279
Index
285
About the Author
295

Section III
199

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David L. Katz is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Associate Adjunct Professor in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz's books include: The Flavor Full Diet, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, and The Way to Eat: A Six-Step Path to Lifelong Weight Control.

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