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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (30 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340808128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340808122
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an important contribution to the field of evidence-based medicine. It is a well written, easy to understand, follow, and use, small handbook that I plan to keep in my pocket whenever reading medical literature from now on. It is specifically designed to assist non-statistician readers work through the maze of analysis reported in clinical medicine. It is well organised and flows from basic concepts to specific areas.
Cathy J Lazarus, MD Tulane University School of Me

A very good book for critical appraisal. Easy to read with loads of funny examples...well worth it.
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...provides guidance on how to understand medical research publications, read them critically, and how to decide whether the content is clinically useful in the care of patients. Illustrated throughout with relevant examples.
Towers Hospital, Leicester

Compact, yet containing all the statistical terms and concepts that you're ever likely to need, this book represents good value for money and can be recommended to all clinicians who require a firm grounding in this important subject
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Editorial Coordinator on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book remains at least as useful in 2009 as I am sure it was in 2002 when initially published. Increasingly we are expected, rightly so, to embrace and further the ethos of evidence-based practice and for the statistically naïve this often involves a large dose of herd behaviour washed down with a hefty slug of blind faith! How fabulous then to come across a book such as this. Olajide Ajetunmobi (a specialist registrar in psychiatry in 2002) has, as suggested by the title, made the arena of critical appraisal open to all. He has taken almost anything that is open to critical appraisal and dedicated a concise and clear chapter on exactly how to do just that. There are 12 chapters in all and I couldn't help but think that a different publisher may have been tempted to publish each of these as a stand alone text, perhaps as part of a 12-volume series - `Quick & Critical'! The first chapter, although entitled `Basic Stats', totals 58 pages which is more than a quarter of the book! All statistical tests and terminology commonly used, and more, are described in a clear fashion. The second discusses the issue of study design and which design is appropriate for each particular scenario and the next five chapters deal with appraisal of each of the common study designs from randomised controlled trial to cross sectional surveys. The eighth chapter discusses survival data and then following on from this, audit, systematic reviews, economic evaluation and qualitative studies are appraised. The book is a great size - big enough without being daunting - and is written in a clear, well thought out style. There are plenty of tables and diagrams as needed and examples are used at every possible opportunity.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. JJ Van NIEKERK on 2 Sept. 2006
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Comparing this text with others in the field of critical appraisal - this is the most comprehensible. The author has managed to convey a subject which is often alien to doctors in an undertandable and exam focussed way. Brilliant !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Biju on 26 Sept. 2006
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Fantastic ,,,,,,sharp,,,,focussed ,wellorganised book.Also have easy to understand mock studies and example.Comparision charts.

Fliud style.small book.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lapaware on 28 July 2007
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This book presents research appraisal ideas in a concise fashion, what may be the corner stones. Gives the basics in a clear format. Good book to use with a more comprehensive text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2009
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Overall, this is a well written and easy to read book. Concepts are explained with simple examples. This text is useful for both the MRCPsych Exam and for critical appraisal in Journal Clubs. All in all, money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mushy pea on 16 Sept. 2009
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Making Sense of Critical Appraisal

This is a fantastic text for those who are getting to grips with critical appraisal and basic statistics. A well written and easy to read format.
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