Easy Interpretation of Biostatistics

The Vital Link to Applying Evidence in Medical Decisions


  • Gail Dawson, MD, MS, FAAEP

Learn biostatistics the easy way. This outstanding resource presents the key concepts you need to understand biostatistics and how to apply them in clinical medicine. Easy-to-understand examples and analogies explain complex concepts, and practical applications provide you with real tools for use in daily practice. The book’s organization is intuitive, so that concepts build upon one another, maximizing understanding. This book will give you the confidence to appraise the existing literature - and the vocabulary you need to discuss it.
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All US Medical Students; Potential for Residents, some Primary Care Physicians, PAs, NPs


Book information

  • Published: May 2008
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-3142-0

Table of Contents

PART I Learning the Basics

Introduction to Part I

1. Measures of Disease

2. Mathematical Principles

3. Populations

4. Samples

5. Invariably Variables

6. Outcomes

7. Probability

8. Distributions

9. The Normal Distribution

PART II Understanding Inference

Introduction to Part II

10. Hypothesis Testing

11. The Probability Connection

12. Types of Statistical Tests

13. Properties of Confidence Intervals

14. Power

15. Bias

16. Ethics in Medical Research

17. Types of Research Studies

18. Evaluating the Evidence

PART III Common Applications

Introduction to Part III

19. Measures of Effect

20. Economic Analysis

21. Assessment of Tests



A Flowchart of Types of Statistical Tests

B Simplified Flowchart of Types of Statistical Tests

C Values of Normal Distribution