The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians / Edition 1

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Overview

A fundamental and straightforward guide to using and understanding statistical concepts in medical research

Designed specifically for healthcare practitioners who need to understand basic biostatistics but do not have much time to spare, The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians presents important statistical methods used in today's biomedical research and provides insight on their appropriate application. Rather than provide detailed mathematics for each of these methods, the book emphasizes what healthcare practitioners need to know to interpret and incorporate the latest biomedical research into their practices.

The author draws from his own experience developing and teaching biostatistics courses for physicians and nurses, offering a presentation that is non-technical and accessible. The book begins with a basic introduction to the relationship between biostatistics and medical research, asking the question Why Study Statistics?, while also exploring the significance of statistical methods in medical literature and clinical trials research. Subsequent chapters explore key topics, including:

  • 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

Throughout the book, statistical methods that are often utilized in biomedical research are outlined, including repeated measures analysis of variance, hazard ratios, contingency tables, log rank tests, bioequivalence, cross-over designs, selection bias, and group sequential methods. Exercise sets at the end of each chapter allow readers to test their comprehension of the presented concepts and techniques.

The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians is an excellent reference for doctors, nurses, and other practicing clinicians in the fields of medicine, public health, pharmacy, and the life sciences who need to understand and apply statistical methods in their everyday work. It also serves as a suitable supplement for courses on biostatistics at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470641859
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 763,275
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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