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Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences

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Book Detail

Author/Editor(s): Lise DeShea, Larry E. Toothaker
Publication Date: March 23, 2015
ISBN-10: 1466565330
ISBN-13: 978-1466565333
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC
Size: 6.33 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences takes you on a journey to a wilderness where science explores the unknown. As statistics is usually a requirement for students entering a health sciences program, this visually appealing book—in color throughout—uses real research examples and data sets to help you understand research findings. The research examples come from many areas of health sciences, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, and physical therapy.

The book first describes how statistics fits into the bigger picture of science and research, which provides you with a foundation for the remainder of the text. It emphasizes kinds of variables and their relationships throughout, giving a substantive context for descriptive statistics, graphs, probability, inferential statistics, and interval estimation. The final chapter organizes the statistical procedures in a decision tree and leads you through a process of assessing research scenarios.

  • Presents lively examples drawing on data from real research studies, such as exercise during pregnancy and tai chi for patients with a chronic condition, in an understandable way for math-phobic learners
  • Emphasizes conceptual understanding, with formulas introduced only when necessary to support concepts
  • Offers many student-friendly features, including a conversational writing style, frequent Check Your Understanding questions and answers, chapter exercises enlivened by understandable research scenarios, and e-flashcards for iOS and Android devices

About the Author

Lise DeShea is the senior research biostatistician in the College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky and worked as a statistician for a Medicaid agency. She has conducted research on emergency room utilization, bootstrapping, and forgiveness.

Larry E. Toothaker is an emeritus David Ross Boyd Professor, the highest honor for teaching excellence at the University of Oklahoma. He has conducted research on multiple comparison procedures and nonparametric methods. He retired in 2008 after teaching statistics in the Department of Psychology for 40 years.


… well-written and easy to understand … the examples and exercises are very nicely done. I found myself wanting to work through all of them! … the figures and tables are visually appealing and useful. … many students in the health sciences will find the text to be interesting and useful. I think that the material is perfect for those who are math-phobic and those who have not taken any math classes in several years. … The figures illustrate the concepts well, and the practice scenarios are very helpful for students to assess what they have learned … .

--Robert A. Oster, PhD, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Former Chair and Program Chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
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