Indian Journal of Community Medicine

BOOK REVIEW
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 244-

Biomedical Research Methodology including Biostatistical Applications


AK Sharma (Deceased), Varun Prakash 
 Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSKH, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Varun Prakash
Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSKH, New Delhi
India




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Sharma (Deceased) A K, Prakash V. Biomedical Research Methodology including Biostatistical Applications.Indian J Community Med 2011;36:244-244


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Sharma (Deceased) A K, Prakash V. Biomedical Research Methodology including Biostatistical Applications. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Jul 5 ];36:244-244
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Full Text

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Authors: Ranjan Das and PN Das

Publishers: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.,

Year of Publication: 2011

Pages: 238 + xi appendices

Price: Rs. 195

ISBN: 978-93-5025-017-4

Biomedical Research Methodology Including Biostatistical Applications is an earnest and sincere attempt of teaching the basics of research methodology and biostatistics to the first time researcher such as the post graduate students of medical/surgical/dental specialities, who have to design, execute and report a prototype research to fulfil their eligibility for MD/MS/MDS examinations.

The book deals with all the three main aspects of research, namely, "Planning and Execution of research", "Biostatistical applications" and "Writing the Thesis/report". The text discusses in brief about the various study designs, and how to go about selecting a suitable topic, keeping in mind, the ethical issues involved. It also discusses how to collect data, analyze risks and finally present them. While the commonly used tests of statistical significance are covered in some detail, the non-parametric tests, which are more frequently used by the clinical researchers, are also touched upon in brief. The book also discusses the common sources of error in scientific studies and also provides some tips on how to write the thesis.

The text, in general, has been written in a reader-friendly style and is quite elaborate, keeping in mind the requirement of the first year PG student. It is also amply supported with Figures and tables. The clarity with which the subject has been handled speaks about the hard work and competence of the authors.

However, as for every literary or academic work there is scope for further improvement of the book. The section on Randomized Control Trial and Z-test, for example, needs to be written in greater detail. A chapter on the practical tips of using computer programs for data entry and analysis could also be added to improve the utility of the book. In spite of the shortcomings, the book deserves attention due to its being a concise yet compact work on the subject.