As many medical and healthcare researchers have a love-hate relationship with statistics, this practical reference book may make all the difference. It takes examples, mainly from the authors' own research, to explain how to make sense of statistics, turn statistical computer results into coherent information, and help decide which pieces of information to report and how to present them. Presenting Medical Statistics includes a wide range of statistical analyses, and all the statistical methods are illustrated using real data. Labelled figures show the Stata and SPSS commands needed to obtain the analyses, with indications of which information should be extracted from the output for reporting. The relevant results are then presented as for a report or journal article, to illustrate the principles of good presentation. The reader is taken through the various stages of the research process, from the initial research proposal, ethical approval and data analysis, to reporting on and publishing the findings. There are even extensive references for those who wish to find out more about the statistical methods. This is a must for anyone working with statistics in the medical profession.
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Janet Peacock is a medical statistician with over 20 years experience of medical and healthcare research, and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She has conducted and collaborated in many published medical research studies, and gives advice to researchers at all the different stages of the research process. She has much experience in reviewing proposals and research articles, and has taught a range of trainee and career healthcare professionals, including medical students, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurses. Through these experiences she has sought ways to promote sound methodology in conducting and reporting research findings by teaching, consultancy, and writing. For many years Janet worked at St George's University of London and left in 2004 to take up a chair at Brunel University. Sally Kerry has worked as a primary care statistician at St George's University of London for over 18 years. She has collaborated on many research projects, both in the UK and in Africa. She has taught methodology to general practitioners in the UK and abroad, and has worked for 6 years as statistical consultant to a local NHS trust. She has particular experience in cluster randomised trials and has sought to help general practitioners and other researchers understand the statistical issues involved, through consulting, collaboration, and a series of BMJ articles. She has acted as statistical referee for local and national grant giving bodies, and is a member of a local research ethics committee.Review:
"...a very concise introduction to the presentation of medical statistics, which is suitable for those with no more than an introductory undergraduate course in the subject...Although it is aimed at a medical audience, the book would be relevant to anyone who conducts research on humans (psychologists, social scientists, etc.)...Overall, it is a useful reference book."--Statistics in Society
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