The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians

The Essentials of Biostatistics for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinicians

Author(s): Michael R. Chernick

Published Online: 5 OCT 2011 08:01PM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470641859

Online ISBN: 9781118071953

DOI: 10.1002/9781118071953

About this Book

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 statisitcal 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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