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
- Estimating means and proportions
- Normal distribution and the central limit theorem
- Sampling from populations
- Contingency tables
- 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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The What, Why and How of Biostatistics in Medical Research.
- Sampling from Populations.
- Graphics and Summary Statistics.
- Normal Distribution and Related Properties.
- Estimating Means and Proportions.
- Hypothesis Testing.
- Correlation, Regression, and Logistic Regression.
- Contingency Tables.
- Nonparametric Methods.
- Survival Analysis.
Michael R. Chernick, PhD, is Manager of Biostatistical Services at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, where he conducts statistical design and analysis for pharmaceutical research. He has more than thirty years of experience in the application of statistical methods to such areas as medicine, energy, engineering, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Chernick is the author of Bootstrap Methods: A Guide for Practitioners and Researchers, Second Edition, and the coauthor of Introductory Biostatistics for the Health Sciences: Modern Applications Including Bootstrap, both published by Wiley.