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Publisher Comments:

Now in its Second Edition, this book helps to unravel the process of evidence-based practice, which requires clinicians to evaluate and collate information from the journals they read. Understanding Clinical Papers, Second Edition uses actual papers to illustrate how to understand and evaluate published research, but goes beyond this to provide an explanation of a range of important research-related topics.

Understanding Clinical Papers, Second Edition:

  • Covers everything necessary to understand a clinical research paper
  • Examples are illustrated and based uniquely on tables, abstracts and exerts from published clinical research papers
  • Amazingly clear, lively, accessible style
  • The new edition has been markedly improved and extended, containing, for example, new material on measurement scales, systematic reviews, writing a paper, statistics software and critical appraisal

“What strikes the reader... straight away is clarity… promises to become a recommended text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses." JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS

“The writing style is amazingly clear and does not require formal course work in biostatistics or epidemiology…We strongly recommend it for beginners and for easy entry into a complex domain and to experts who we think will enjoy it and who will find it useful as they teach, advise and help others.” QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE 

“What makes this book unique is that each point presented is illustrated with excerpts from actual papers, often three or four per chapter... this is a very effective teaching device." JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

“This book should be an essential addition to the personal libraries of all health care workers who need to use articles in journals. In these days of evidence-based medicine, this should apply to all physicians, nurses and other health professionals.” ONCOLOGY

Understanding Clinical Papers, Second Edition is an invaluable resource for everyone involved directly or indirectly in health care – an ultimate guide for those who read clinical literature.

Book News Annotation:

Neither the 2001 nor the expanded new edition is an introduction to medical statistics, statistical software, or study design per se. Bowers and his colleagues at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK, treat these topics as part of the process of conducting, writing, and reading papers in clinical journals. The authors discuss such aspects as methods of analysis, ways of depicting results, and the parts of a typical paper. The text includes new illustrative examples and websites related to submitting research papers.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Neither the 2001 nor the expanded new edition is an introduction to medical statistics, statistical software, or study design per se. Bowers and his colleagues at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK, treat these topics as part of the process of conducting, writing, and reading papers in clinical journals. The authors discuss such aspects as methods of analysis, ways of depicting results, and the parts of a typical paper. The text includes new illustrative examples and websites related to submitting research papers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Now in its second edition this book helps to unravel the process of evidence-based practice which requires clinicians to evaluate and collate information from the journals they read. The book uses actual papers to illustrate how to understand and evaluate published research, but goes beyond this to provide an explanation of a range of important research-related topics.

This second edition has been markedly improved and extended, not only with the inclusion of a considerable amount of completely new material (including a chapter on measurement scales), but with a major sharpening of the existing text to improve clarity and flow. In addition, many of the examples taken from the literature have been updated to maintain the book's contemporary focus.

"The great strength of this book lies in the lively and accessible way in which it is written, making it particularly appealing to its target audience of practitioners and clinicians. Dealing with an already well-covered topic which can be dry and unpalatable, the authors manage to present their material in a colourful and interesting way. The language is clear and readable. It is well-structured, logically mirroring the sequence of good quality papers. The examples from studies are well chosen, interesting and at times entertaining in themselves. References are informative and help to contextualise the information. This is a most useful book which I would recommend in particular for students of all disciplines and practitioners involved in research activity." Accident & Emergency Nursing

"This book should be an essential addition to the personal libraries of all health care workers who need to use articles in journals. In these days of evidence-based medicine, this should apply to all physicians, nurses and other health professionals." Oncology

"The writing style is amazingly clear and does not require formal course work in biostatistics or epidemiology.... We strongly recommend it for beginners and for easy entry into a complex domain and to experts who we think will enjoy it and who will find it useful as they teach, advise and help others." Quality in Health Care

About the Author

David Bowers, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UKBest selling author of Statistics from Scratch and Medical Statistics from Scratch.

Allan House, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK

David Owens, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Acknowledgements.

PART I: SETTING THE SCENE: WHO DID WHAT, AND WHY.

1. Some Preliminaries.

2. The Abstract and Introduction.

3. The Objectives.

PART II: DESIGN MATTERS: WHAT TYPE OF STUDY ARE YOU READING ABOUT?

4. Descriptive Studies.

5. Analytic Studies.

6. Intervention Studies.

PART III: THE CAST: FINDING OUT ABOUT THE SUBJECTS OF THE RESEARCH.

7. The Research Setting.

8. Populations and Samples.

9. Identifying and Defining Cases.

10. Controls and Comparisons.

PART IV: ESTABLISHING THE FACTS: STARTING WITH BASIC OBSERVATIONS.

11. Identifying the Characteristics of Data.

12. Summarizing the Characteristics of Data.

13. Measuring the Characteristics of Subjects.

14. Measuring the Characteristics of Measures.

15. Measurement Scales.

PART V ESTABLISHING MORE OF THE FACTS: SOME COMMON WAYS OF DESCRIBING RESULTS.

16. Fractions, Proportions and Rates.

17. Risk and Odds.

18. Ratios of Risk and Odds.

PART VI ANALYSING THE DATA: ESTIMATION AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING.

19. Confidence Intervals for Means, Proportions, and Medians.

20. Confidence Intervals for Ratios.

21. Testing Hypotheses – the p-Value.

PART VII ANALYSING THE DATA: MULTIVARIABLE METHODS.

22. Measuring Association.

23. Measuring Agreement.

24. The Linear Regression Model.

25. The Logistic Regression Model.

26. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

27. Measuring Survival.

PART VIII READING BETWEEN THE LINES: HOW AUTHORS USE TEXT, TABLES AND PICTURES TO TELL YOU WHAT THEY'VE DONE.

28. Results in Text and Tables.

29. Results in Pictures.

30. The Discussion and the Conclusions.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470091302
Author:
Bowers, David
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Author:
House, Allan
Author:
Owens, David
Subject:
Technical Writing
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Medical writing
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Journalism, medical
Subject:
General & Introductory Medical Science
Subject:
Reference-Writing as a Business
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
246 x 189 x 15 mm 19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Now in its second edition this book helps to unravel the process of evidence-based practice which requires clinicians to evaluate and collate information from the journals they read. The book uses actual papers to illustrate how to understand and evaluate published research, but goes beyond this to provide an explanation of a range of important research-related topics.

This second edition has been markedly improved and extended, not only with the inclusion of a considerable amount of completely new material (including a chapter on measurement scales), but with a major sharpening of the existing text to improve clarity and flow. In addition, many of the examples taken from the literature have been updated to maintain the book's contemporary focus.

"The great strength of this book lies in the lively and accessible way in which it is written, making it particularly appealing to its target audience of practitioners and clinicians. Dealing with an already well-covered topic which can be dry and unpalatable, the authors manage to present their material in a colourful and interesting way. The language is clear and readable. It is well-structured, logically mirroring the sequence of good quality papers. The examples from studies are well chosen, interesting and at times entertaining in themselves. References are informative and help to contextualise the information. This is a most useful book which I would recommend in particular for students of all disciplines and practitioners involved in research activity." Accident & Emergency Nursing

"This book should be an essential addition to the personal libraries of all health care workers who need to use articles in journals. In these days of evidence-based medicine, this should apply to all physicians, nurses and other health professionals." Oncology

"The writing style is amazingly clear and does not require formal course work in biostatistics or epidemiology.... We strongly recommend it for beginners and for easy entry into a complex domain and to experts who we think will enjoy it and who will find it useful as they teach, advise and help others." Quality in Health Care

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