A knowledge of statistics is becoming increasingly necessary for nurses and other health care professionals if they are to read research reports, critically appraise the empirical literature and utilise research in their practice. Practical Statistics for Nursing and Health Care gently introduces the essential statistical techniques in an accessible manner to enable the reader to grasp the fundamentals and gain the confidence and understanding to perform their own analysis. Starting from first principles, the text then progresses step by step, with 'advice' sections for all the tests described. Including comprehensive coverage of all basic statistical concepts, information is also provided on relevant examples for nurses, including case studies, data sets and guidance for further reading. Advice is also given in areas such as clinical trials and epidemiology equipping the reader to critically appraise work published in key medical journals. Practical Statistics for Nursing and Healthcare: Provides a user-friendly guide to statistical techniques and applications relevant to nurses and health care-workers. Includes a variety of the most appropriate methods for gathering, presenting and analysing data. Features essential tables of data, illustrations and numerous fully-worked examples. An essential introduction to statistics for pre-registration nursing students on diploma and degree courses and a revision aid for practising nurses and healthcare professionals.Jim Fowler is the author of 'Practical Statistics for Nursing and Health Care', published 2002 under ISBN 9780471497165 and ISBN 0471497169.