Medical Statistics: A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Medical - 336 pages
Holistic approach to understanding medical statistics

This hands-on guide is much more than a basic medical statistics introduction. It equips you with the statistical tools required for evidence-based clinical research.


Each chapter provides a clear step-by-step guide to each statistical test with practical instructions on how to generate and interpret the numbers, and present the results as scientific tables or graphs.


Showing you how to:


  • analyse data with the help of data set examples (Click here to download datasets)
  • select the correct statistics and report results for publication or presentation
  • understand and critically appraise results reported in the literature


Each statistical test is linked to the research question and the type of study design used. There are also checklists for critically appraising the literature and web links to useful internet sites.


Clear and concise explanations, combined with plenty of examples and tabulated explanations are based on the authors’ popular medical statistics courses. Critical appraisal guidelines at the end of each chapter help the reader evaluate the statistical data in their particular contexts.

 

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Contents

A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 1 Data management preparing to analyse the data
1
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 2 Continuous variables descriptive statistics
24
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 3 Continuous variables comparing two independent samples
51
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 4 Continuous variables paired and onesample ttests
86
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 5 Continuous variables analysis of variance
108
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 6 Continuous data analyses correlation and regression
156
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 7 Categorical variables rates and proportions
202
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 8 Categorical variables risk statistics
241
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 9 Categorical and continuous variables tests of agreement
267
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 10 Categorical and continuous variables diagnostic statistics
278
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Chapter 11 Categorical and continuous variables survival analyses
296
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Glossary
307
A Guide to Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal Index
317
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Jennifer Peat, Hospital Statistician, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia

Belinda Barton, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia

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