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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Shaival S Shah, BS, BA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This comprehensive, case-based guide succinctly provides clear explanations of essential concepts involved in conducting and interpreting quantitative research.
Purpose: The book provides a comprehensive overview of many core principles in research design and analysis. It is logically organized, with clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and pertinent examples to illustrate key concepts. The author does a wonderful job of simplifying a subject that has caused much confusion for many medical students and physicians.
Audience: The guide is intended for physicians and physicians-in-training to help them interpret clinical evidence.
Features: As a physician and a former course director for epidemiology and biostatistics, the author has a clear understanding of the needs and challenges his audience faces. He is able to clearly define statistical jargon that his readers are sure to have heard, but are likely to only vaguely understand. Additionally, for each topic, emphasis is placed upon clinical relevance.
Assessment: As a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow, I am in the unique position of being a medical student who has had extensive supplemental training in clinical research. This is a book that I would enthusiastically recommend to other medical students.