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  • Statistics for nurses (POD)
  • Brink HIL
  • ISBN: 9780627026096
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: N/A
  • 175 Pages | Published: 1987

A practical guide on fundamental statistics including a selection of techniques commonly described in nursing literature. This guide has been designed to provide the average nurse with a foundation or background to enable them to effectively follow statistical textbooks and to apply basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to problems in their field. Learning objectives are included in each chapter, new terms and symbols are highlighted, and techniques are presented on a conceptual basis and illustrated by a presentation of computational methods with examples relevant to nursing. Learning activities provide an opportunity to apply concepts discussed; answers to these exercises are included. The guide contains supplementary reading material.

Contents include the following:

  • A review of fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra
  • Introductory concepts
  • Grouping of data
  • Visual presentation of data
  • Measures of central tendencies
  • Measures of variation or dispersion
  • The normal distribution curve and standard scores
  • Correlation
  • Elementary probability
  • Sampling and estimations
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Reliability and validity
  • Uses and misuses of statistics.

1. A review of fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra

2. Introductory concepts

3. Grouping of data (frequency distributions)

4. Visual presentation of data

5. Measures of central tendency (averages)

6. Measures of variation or dispersion

7. The normal distribution curve and standard scores

8. Correlation

9. Elementary probability

10. Sampling and estimations

11. Hypothesis testing

12. Hypothesis testing with nominal-level data

13. Hypothesis testing with ordinal-level data

14. Hypothesis testing with interval-level data

15. Reliability and validity

16. Uses and misuses of statistics

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