© 2007

Clinical Research Methods for Surgeons

  • David F. Penson
  • John T. Wei

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Building a Foundation for Clinical Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eugene H. Blackstone
      Pages 3-29
    3. David F. Penson
      Pages 31-46
    4. Judith Fine, Peter C. Albertsen
      Pages 47-60
  3. Clinical Research Design and Statistical Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. William G. Henderson, Shukri F. Khuri
      Pages 105-122
    3. David Etzioni, Nadia Howlader, Ruth Etzioni
      Pages 123-139
    4. Rodney L. Dunn, John T. Wei
      Pages 141-155
    5. David C. Miller, Rodney L. Dunn, John T. Wei
      Pages 157-174
    6. Andrew L. Rosenberg, MaryLou V. H. Greenfield, Justin B. Dimick
      Pages 175-200
  4. Outcome Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Aruna V. Sarma, Julie C. McLaughlin
      Pages 203-235
    3. Mark S. Litwin
      Pages 237-251
    4. Arvin Koruthu George, Martin G. Sanda
      Pages 253-265
  5. Special Topics In Surgical Clinical Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Jessica B. O’Connell, Clifford Y. Ko
      Pages 269-282

About this book


Clinical Research Methods for Surgeons is a comprehensive guide for the surgical scientist, and serves as both a critical review of existing literature and a reference guide for clinical research methodologies as they apply to surgery. The text addresses the clinical research questions facing 21st century surgeons, and provides clear direction on how to incorporate sophisticated research techniques into practice. In addition to the surgical generalist, this practical volume is specifically oriented to surgeons who treat unique diseases, yet have no single resource to facilitate clinical research in these specific areas.
This comprehensive and easy-to-use guide encompasses the entire process of clinical study design, application, and assessment. Part One is aimed at the young surgeon about to engage in new studies, and gives a general overview of the infrastructure of clinical research. Parts Two and Three are geared towards experienced investigators interested in pursuing clinical research and surgeons reviewing the literature for practical application. Part Two focuses on study design and related statistical issues, while Part Three is concerned with measuring and assessing the outcome of clinical studies. Part Four presents topics of interest to the active investigator, such as quality of care and cost-effectiveness analyses. Clinical Research Methods for Surgeons is relevant to both beginning investigators and established researchers, and addresses the unique concerns of surgical diseases and acknowledges that they require special approaches to deal with clinical questions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David F. Penson
    • 1
  • John T. Wei
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Urology and Preventive Medicine Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles
  2. 2.Department of UrologyUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn Arbor

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Clinical Research Methods for Surgeons
  • Editors David F. Penson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-326-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-496-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59745-230-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 350
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Surgery
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


"There are larger reference texts but the simplicity of this book makes it an ideal place to start." -British Journal of Surgery