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No one can read journal articles efficiently and comprehendingly without the right mental tools for critical analysis. This primer is a clear and direct introduction to types of study designs, their uses and pitfalls; to numerical assessments of outcomes (statistics); to quantitative assessments of diagnostic tests; and to rates as descriptors of medical phenomena. Flowcharts give clear pictures of how to select appropriate statistical methods; a glossary defines terms one must know to understand the text. Here is a text that could be the foundation for a medical undergraduate or residency course in clinical epidemiology, a discipline unfortunately not widely
Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. ;112:556. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-7-556_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(7):556.
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