Introduction to health research text book released
An introductory statistics text book with a focus on health research has been released by Spinoza Publishers.
Written by biostatistician Dr Ronald Hicks, “Primer for Health Research: Design & Basic Statistics” is pitched at health professionals and other people interested in undertaking health research.
Dr Hicks has worked as a biostatistician in numerous countries, including Canada, Sweden, USA, Malaysia and Australia. During this time, Dr Hicks has accrued over 70 publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
In the book’s preface, Dr Hicks cites an apparent prevalence of poorly constructed health research projects as the motivation for writing the text. In the author’s words, the book “establishes the basic requirements for an adequate bioresearch design and once that data has been collected, how to separate chance from systematic resultants via statistical tests...this book will provide an important introduction to biostatistics and thereby optimistically increase the quality of conference presentations and professional papers, not to mention published results.”
The 124 page text includes 22 concise chapters, each concluded with a selection of suggested further readings. Early chapters deal with concepts such as randomisation, data acquisition, and reliability, with later chapters featuring discussions about regression, factor analysis and cluster analysis. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary of statistical terms covering basic concepts such as mean, delta, and standard deviation, through to more complex statistical jargon.
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