Books and e-books

How to Read a Paper. Trisha Greenhalgh (2014) [e-book]. Print copies also available in our libraries.

Demystifies evidence-based medicine and explains how to critically appraise published research and also put the findings into practice.

A good starting place is the ‘Statistics for the non-statistician’ chapter.


Munro’s Statistical Methods for Health Care Research. Stacey Plichta; Elizabeth Kelvin (2013) [book]

Provides students with a solid foundation for understanding data analysis and specific statistical techniques. Focusing on the most current and frequently used statistical methods in today’s health care literature, the book covers essential material for a variety of program levels including in-depth courses beyond the basic statistical course.

Statistics at Square One. Michael Campbell; T. Swinscow (2009) [e-book]. Print copies also available in our libraries.

Features new material in the areas of relative risk, absolute risk and numbers needed to treat, diagnostic tests, sensitivity, specificity, ROC curves, free statistical software. The popular self-testing exercises at the end of every chapter are strengthened by the addition of new sections on reading and reporting statistics and formula appreciation

Statistic at Square Two : Understanding Modern Statistical Applications in Medicine. Michael Campbell (2008) [e-book]

Companion volume to Statistics at Square One, this book helps you evaluate the many statistical methods in current use. It covers sophisticated methods and highlights misunderstandings. Easy to read, it includes annotated computer outputs and keeps formulas to a minimum. Worked examples of methods such as multiple and logical regression reinforce the text. Each chapter concludes with exercises to stimulate learning. All those who need to understand statistics in clinical research papers and apply them in their own research will value this compact and coherent guide.

Medical statistics at a glance. Aviva Petrie (2009) [e-book]. Print copies also available in our libraries.

A concise and accessible introduction and revision aid for this complex subject. The self-contained chapters explain the underlying concepts of medical statistics and provide a guide to the most commonly used statistical procedures.



IBM SPSS Statistics is a statistical package that can be used in health research.

The latest version is available for use on the PCs in the Shrewsbury Health Library.