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With the inclusion of real-world data and a host of health-related examples, this is an impressive introductory statistics text ideal for all health science and nursing students. Health and nursing students can be anxious and lacking in confidence when it comes to handling statistics. This book has been developed with this readership in mind. This accessible text avoids using long and off-putting statistical formulae in favor of non-daunting practical and SPSS-based examples. What’s more, its content will fit ideally with the common course content of stats courses in the field.

Samples and Populations
Samples and populations

Before a study can take place, participants have to be selected and recruited. For research to be as credible as possible the study population needs to represent the population it is characterising as closely as possible. This is not always easy because it is often difficult to identify those who are members of the population. When doing research, time and finances often have to be taken into consideration when selecting participants to take part in a study, although this should not compromise the integrity of the research.

This chapter will discuss what a population is and the type of data collection that is undertaken on populations before moving onto samples, and sampling strategies. This will include examples from the literature of ...

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