• Vol. 30 No. 4, 444–446
  • 15 July 2001

Introduction to Bayesian Methods for Medical Research

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ABSTRACT

Bayesian statistical methods provide a credible alternative to traditional statistical approaches used in medical research. In this article, the author gives a brief introduction to the key concepts involved in Bayesian methods and compares them with some commonly used non-Bayesian statistical techniques.


The traditional statistical approach used in most areas of medical research involves what is commonly known as frequentist statistics. Bayesian methods provide an increasingly popular alternative to frequentist approaches.

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