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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book presents a nontechnical approach to the essential biostatics used in medical research, covering topics not necessarily taught in traditional introductory statistics courses, explaining them on a conceptual level without the theoretical background or how they work mathematically.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with the knowledge they need to understand biostatics and their application in medical research. The emphasis is on how to interpret biostatistics and incorporate medical research into practice.
Audience: The target audience is nurses and physicians, hospital residents, and fellows. The author recommends this book as a supplement for biostatics courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also can serve as a resource for healthcare professionals. The author, who has over 30 years in the field of biostatics, teaches biostatistics and has published a book on the subject.
Features: A basic introduction to the relationship between biostatics and medical research begins the book. The significance of statistical methods in medical literature and clinical trials research is explored. Key concepts covered include correlation, regression, and logistic regression, diagnostics, estimating means and proportions, normal distribution and the central limit theorem, sampling from populations, contingency tables, meta-analysis, nonparametric methods, survival analysis, repeated measures analysis of variance, hazard ratios, contingency tables, log rank tests, bioequivalence, crossover designs, selection bias, and group sequential method. Chapter exercises test for comprehension.
Assessment: This book should be very useful for its intended readers, but it would be helpful if they had a beginning understanding of basic statistics and terminology.