STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS for HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
This text was written specifically for health information management students enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs and for practicing health information management profes- sionals. This text focuses on applying statistical techniques to problems in health care. Be- cause the focus here is on application, it is assumed that the student has had a previous course in probability theory and the normal distribution. This text is set up so that students can either use the Jones and Bartlett Publishers website that supports this book or input the data for each problem using their own statistical software. It is not the intent of this book to teach the student how to use SPSS, Microsoft Excel, or any other type of statistical package or electronic spreadsheet. These programs are included in this text as examples only; I am not endorsing any of these products. My goal in writing this book was to introduce students and professionals to how statistical techniques can be used to describe and make inferences from health care data. There are many statistical books available on the market, but none is directed specifically to the health information management profession. Also, because there are other texts that introduce the student to traditional hospital statistics such as average length of stay and total inpatient service days, they are not covered in this text.
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