Medical Statistics at a Glance Workbook
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This comprehensive workbook contains a variety of self-assessment methods that allow readers to test their statistical knowledge, put it into practice, and apply it in a medical context, while also providing guidance when critically appraising published literature. It is designed to support the best-selling third edition of Medical Statistics at a Glance, to which it is fully cross-referenced, but may be used independently of it.

Ideal for medical students, junior doctors, researchers and anyone working in the biomedical and pharmaceutical disciplines who wants to feel more confident in basic medical statistics, the title includes:

• Over 80 MCQs, each testing knowledge of a single statistical concept or aspect of study interpretation
• 29 structured questions  to explore in greater depth several statistical techniques or principles, including  the choice of appropriate statistical analyses and the interpretation of study findings
• Templates for the appraisal of clinical trials and observational studies, plus full appraisals of two published papers to demonstrate the use of these templates in practice
• Detailed step-by-step analyses of two substantial data sets (also available at to demonstrate the application of statistical procedures to real-life research

Medical Statistics at a Glance Workbook is the ideal resource to test statistical knowledge and improve analytical and interpretational skills.

Additional resources are available at, including:
• Excel datasets to accompany the data analysis section
• Downloadable PDFs of two templates for critical appraisal
• Links to online further reading
• Supplementary MCQs


Aviva Petrie is Head of Biostatistics Unit and Senior Lecturer, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London; Honorary Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Medical Statistics Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Caroline Sabin is Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Research Department of Infection and Population Health, Division of Population Health, University College London, Royal Free Campus



Part 1: MCQs

Handling data

Sampling and estimation

Study design

Hypothesis testing

Basic techniques for analysing data

Additional techniques

Part 2: Structured Questions

Part 3: Critical appraisal

Randomised controlled trial: template

Paper 1: a randomised controlled trial

Observational study: template

Paper 2: an observational study

Part 4: Data analysis

Dataset 1 analysed by Stata v11

Dataset 2 analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics v20

Part 5: Solutions

Solutions to MCQs

Model answers for structured questions

Critical appraisal of Paper 1

Critical appraisal of Paper 2


Appendix I: List of MCQs with relevant chapters from Medical Statistics at a Glance (3rd edn) and associated topics

Appendix II: List of structured questions with relevant chapters from Medical Statistics at a Glance (3rd edn) and associated topics

Appendix III: Chapters from Medical Statistics at a Glance with relevant MCQs and Structured questions


Great workbook that compliments the respective textbook. Excercises are practical, short to the point. Good book of helping to understand the underlying concepts. (Anthony Murray, Faculty of Health & Science, University of Cumbria)