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Statistics for Health Care Professionals

As a recent recruit to a lecturerpractitioner post with little recent experience in the subject area covered by this book, I found it met my needs very well. After all, this topic can be quite daunting for some. The 18 chapters are relatively short and I was able to dip into them when time allowed. However, it can also be read for extended periods, as the text is broken up with numerous information boxes, diagrams and tables. All the examples are relevant and appropriate to practice settings.

I enjoyed reading chapter five, which contains hypothetical examples of a questionnaire study (on a sexual health topic) and a clinical trial (on an anti- obesity drug). The authors promise to ‘stimulate your interest and enjoyment of data analysis’ and certainly achieved that aim.

Concepts such as distribution and hypothesis testing are described in ways that didn’t leave me feeling totally bewildered. Chapter 18 acts to consolidate the book’s message by helping readers to know how to choose the correct statistical test. In concluding, the book offers comprehensive appendices, together with the answers to some of the exercises. There is also a reference list should this work act to whet your appetite for more statistics.

I enjoyed reading chapter five, which contains hypothetical examples of a questionnaire study (on a sexual health topic) and a clinical trial (on an anti- obesity drug). The authors promise to ‘stimulate your interest and enjoyment of data analysis’ and certainly achieved that aim.

Concepts such as distribution and hypothesis testing are described in ways that didn’t leave me feeling totally bewildered. Chapter 18 acts to consolidate the book’s message by helping readers to know how to choose the correct statistical test. In concluding, the book offers comprehensive appendices, together with the answers to some of the exercises. There is also a reference list should this work act to whet your appetite for more statistics.

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