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  • Brink’s Statistics for health professionals 2/e
  • Van Rensburg G, Van Zyl D
  • ISBN: 9780627037528
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627037535
  • 184 Pages | Published: 2022

Based on Professor Emeritus Brink’s Statistics for nurses that since 1987 has helped generations of student researchers, Brink’s Statistics for health professionals offers a practical guide on fundamental statistics and techniques used by researchers in the health sciences.


Brink’s Statistics for health professionals provides emerging researchers with a foundation for applying basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to real-life questions in any health sciences context. Techniques and terms are gradually introduced by highlighting them first, then presenting them conceptually and illustrating them with examples relevant to the health sciences. Exercises and learning activities provide the reader with an opportunity to put concepts to use. 

Section 1: An introduction to statistics and research
Chapter 1 Introducing statistical concepts to the health professional
Chapter 2 Using sampling and estimation in health sciences research and practice
Chapter 3 Uses and misuses of statistics

Section 2: Basic statistical analysis (descriptive)
Chapter 4 Grouping of data (frequency distributions)
Chapter 5 Measures of central tendency
Chapter 6 Measures of variation or dispersion
Chapter 7 The normal distribution curve and standard scores
Chapter 8 Visual presentation of data
Chapter 9 Elementary probability
Chapter 10 An introduction to hypothesis testing
Chapter 11 Bivariate correlation
Chapter 12 Hypothesis testing with nominal-level data
Chapter 13 Hypothesis testing with ordinal-level data
Chapter 14 Hypothesis testing with interval-level data
Chapter 15 Reliability and validity

Annexure: A review of fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra

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