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.

Getting Started with Data and SPSS

Getting started with data and SPSS


When undertaking research studies, it is likely that data will have been collected. Much of this will be in a form suitable to be analysed statistically; that is, responses from a questionnaire or data collection sheet can be coded so that each response is represented by a number. When data have been coded, it can be entered to a data analysis program such as SPSS. SPSS is menu driven, making it easy to use.

This chapter will start by distinguishing between types of data. It will then move onto the situation of a pile of questionnaires that need to be coded before data are entered into SPSS. It will show the conventions for assigning codes ...

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