Tuesday, March 07, 2006

st: New book: An Introduction to Stata for Health Researchers

Dear Statalisters,

An Introduction to Stata for Health Researchers is now available; see http://www.stata-press.com/books/ishr.html. It is, of course, not my job to review it, but I can tell about my intents.

First, I wanted to make Stata more accessible to newcomers. Stata is a very rich program, but to the newcomer it can be quite difficult to decide where to start. I made a structured description, hopefully succeeding in helping the newcomer understand where to look for what information.

Second, I wanted to point to the data management tools and analyses most frequently used in health research. I had no intent to compete with good biostatistics and epidemiology textbooks, but rather to supplement them with a toolbox to help doing typical tasks in Stata.

Third, I wanted to make the excellent graphics capabilities of Stata 8+ more accessible, and to assist in producing publication-ready graphs.

An finally, I wanted to focus not only on detail, but also on the larger pictur concerning strategies for safe data handling and for preventing errors and disasters. These are techniques like principles for giving names to variables, datasets, and do-files, principles of documentation, and techniques for backing up and archiving data.

Enjoy - and criticize. Any comments are welcome at sj@soci.au.dk.

Svend

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Svend Juul Institut for Folkesundhed, Afdeling for Epidemiologi (Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology) Vennelyst Boulevard 6 DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark Phone: +45 8942 6090 Home: +45 8693 7796 Email: sj@soci.au.dk __________________________________________

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