Evidence-Based Medicine and Statistics for Medical Exams

A ‘must-have’ textbook for any student preparing for an undergraduate or postgraduate exam.

A comprehensive, yet easy to understand textbook that covers all of the main areas that are routinely tested in exams such as medical finals, the MRCP, and the FRCEM examinations. The text clearly explains the fundamental statistical principles used in the medical literature by concentrating on the essentials needed.

Each chapter concludes with a self-assessed quiz that allows candidates to test themselves and reinforce key knowledge.

The key topics covered in this book include:


✓ Clinical governance and audit

✓ Types of study

✓ Confounding, bias & effect modification

✓ Phases of clinical research

✓ Meta-analysis & systematic review

✓ Commonly used plots and graphs

✓ Sample distribution

✓ Epidemiological data

✓ Measuring, describing and comparing data

✓ Correlation & regression

✓ Risk & odds

✓ Diagnostic tests & screening programs

About the Author

Dr. Marc Barton qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2001. Since that time he has worked in a variety of different medical specialities. He worked as a GP partner from 2006 until 2008 and more recently as a higher specialist trainee in Emergency Medicine. He has gained a formidable reputation as an exam candidate and in addition to passing a Bachelor of Science degree and Medical Finals as an undergraduate, he has also passed three postgraduate membership exams and two postgraduate diploma exams. He has an active interest in medical education and a wealth of experience teaching both medical students and doctors. In his private life he is a devoted husband and father of three children. He is also a lifelong martial artist and regularly teaches Jiu Jitsu in his spare time.

Evidence-Based Medicine and Statistics for Medical Exams is a remarkable book. Its audience will be far wider than that that suggested by the title.

Whilst it may be aimed at students sitting undergraduate and postgraduate exams, it will be enormously helpful to practicing doctors and those, too, in allied healthcare professions.

It guides the reader through the subject clearly and succinctly, explaining concepts and terms and statistical models. And all this is achieved with clear text, supportive illustrations, and quizzes at the end of each chapter.”

Dr Michael Barrie, GP Principal and author of the highly acclaimed book The Surgeon’s Rhyme