Guest Kirsteen Posted July 23, 2005 Report Share Posted July 23, 2005 Hi there, Over the past few days I've had a few folks here in Glasgow request some resources on different types of statistical approaches used to solve various clinical research problems. One of the commonest comments seems to be that they've found quite a few texts on statistics to be loaded with frightening equations and dull math jargon. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Many statistics texts can be oppressive. However, there are a few statistical resources out there which--shocker--actually make stats palatable. One series which I recommended, and which I use myself, when I need to refamiliarize myself with seldom-used techniques, is the Douglas Altman series in the BMJ. Dr. Altman is a fantastic communicator of statistical concepts, and his series of statistics articles in the BMJ (dating back to the mid-'90s) are short and readable. The topics span the basics of normal distributions up to some of the more advanced techniques such as regression and survival data. These papers are generally 1-2 pages in length, rarely contain any equations and are geared for the busy physician who is looking for a quick and clear means to understanding a statistical concept, perhaps because they're considering using it in their own study. Here's a link to a Tufts site which has conveniently collected all of Dr. Altman's BMJ papers: BMJ/Altman statistics papers collection Cheers, Kirsteen Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Guest Littlest Zooropa Posted July 24, 2005 Report Share Posted July 24, 2005 :eek OH WOW!:eek I totally have an internist breathing down my neck about crunching the data in HIS damn study - THESE ARE GREAT! THANK YOU! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Guest nby Posted July 24, 2005 Report Share Posted July 24, 2005 i'm not too happy about all the calculus and math bashing, numbers kick ass but to each their own Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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