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Topics: Normal distribution, Probability theory, Level of measurement Pages: 67 (21474 words) Published: January 28, 2013
Basic Skills
in Statistics
A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
Adrian Cook Gopalakrishnan Netuveli and Aziz Sheikh
“The authors are to be congratulated for providing non-experts with such a clear introduction to statistics.” From the Foreword by Professor Philip Hannaford, University of Aberdeen

Comments on Basic Skills in Statistics: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals from readers ‘This publication is a fantastic resource for any health professional with an interest in research and goes a long way to demystifying the world of statistics. It attempts to explain complex statistical concepts by applying these to practice. Packed full of useful key messages and an excellent glossary of terms, this should be an essential reference book for any budding researchers and anyone wishing to have a greater understanding of research papers.’ Monica Fletcher, Chief Executive, National Respiratory Training Centre ‘This easy to use book will open up a new world for those who have a blind spot for statistics. Using everyday examples, the authors bring to life statistical principles in a way that is relevant to clinicians and researchers alike. I will certainly be recommending it to my students, trainees and consultant colleagues.’ Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad, OBE, Consultant Paediatrician, Manor Hospital, Walsall ‘This excellent book is based on a series of articles published in the Primary Care Respiratory Journal ( . Not many scientific authors are capable of expressing themselves in plain English – the authors of this book have certainly achieved this. They have managed to convey the principles and to share with the reader, their very practical approach to the use of statistics in design, understanding and application in research. A book for anyone wishing to improve their understanding of evidence based medicine and those involved in research.’ Mark Levy, Editor, Primary Care Respiratory Journal ‘I found this a most enjoyable read – quite a shock for a statistics book! This is because it is much more – it explains how studies in health should be designed and interpreted as well as the statistics that should be used. It really does take the mystery away. This will help those involved in all extremes of health care research from the reader of their favourite journal, the guideline evidence reviewer right through to those designing studies. I shall be making it obligatory reading for everyone in my research team and recommending it to anyone who seriously wants to understand the papers they are reading.’ David Price, GPIAG Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, University of Aberdeen

Basic Skills in Statistics
A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
Adrian Cook BSc, MSc Senior Statistician Commission for Health Improvement Gopalakrishnan Netuveli BSc, BDS, MDS, PhD Post Doctoral Research Fellow Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice Imperial College London Aziz Sheikh BSc, MSc, MBBS, MD, MRCP, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP Professor of Primary Care Research and Development Division of Community Health Sciences: GP Section, University of Edinburgh; Editorial Advisor, British Medical Journal; Chairman, Research & Documentation Committee, Muslim Council of Britain


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References: and further reading Petrie A, Sabin C Medical Statistics at a Glance. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. [Data entry and the presentation of results]
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