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Understanding clinical papers

Author: David Bowers; Allan House; David Owens
Publisher: Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"An invaluable reference for those students taking courses in visual neuroscience, it will also be of interest to those working on the human visual system and human visual perception including ophthalmologists and neurologists."--Jacket.
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Bowers, David, 1938-
Understanding clinical papers.
Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006
(OCoLC)989851863
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bowers; Allan House; David Owens
ISBN: 0470091304 9780470091302 9780470868096 0470868090
OCLC Number: 62509146
Description: xii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Seting the scene: who did what, and why. Some preliminaries --
The abstract and introduction --
The objectives --
pt. II. Design matters: what type of study are you reading about? Descriptive studies --
Analytic studies --
Intervention studies --
pt. III. The cast: finding out about the subjects of the research. The research setting --
Populations and samples --
Identifying and defining cases --
Controls and comparisons --
pt. IV. Establishing the facts: starting with basic observations. Identifying the characteristics of data --
Summarizing the characteristics of data --
Measuring the characteristics of subjects --
Measuring the characteristics of measures --
Measurement scales. pt. V. Establishing more of the facts: some common ways of describing results. Fractions, proportions and rates --
Risk and odds --
Ratios of risks and odds --
pt. VI. Analysing the data: estimation and hypothesis testing. Confidence intervals for means, proportions, and medians --
Confidence intervals for ratios --
Testing hypotheses --
the p-value --
pt. VII. Analysing the data: multivariable methods. Measuring association --
Measuring agreement --
The linear regression model --
The logistic regression model --
Systematic review and meta-analysis --
Measuring survival --
pt. VIII. Reading between the lines: how authors use text, tables and pictures to tell you what they've done. Results in text and tables --
Results in pictures --
The discussion and the conclusions.
Responsibility: David Bowers, Allan House, David Owens.
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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.  Read more...

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