Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (to qualify as a physiotherapist) (Verona)

Propaedeutic physical and biological sciences - STATISTICA DESCRITTIVA

Course code
Name of lecturer
Simone Accordini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
FISIO VR 1A1S dal Oct 7, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at introducing the basic tools for the quantitative evaluation of biomedical problems, with the goal of preparing the students to describe, interpret and communicate appropriately the information collected on a sample of patients (or on other experimental units).


Collection and organization of biomedical data:
- stages of a statistical research
- population, sample and statistical units
- measurement process and measurement scales
- precision and accuracy of a measuring instrument
- absolute and relative frequencies
- cumulative frequencies
- one and two-way frequency tables

Graphical representation of biomedical data:
- pie chart
- bar chart
- histogram
- cumulative frequency polygons

Measures of location and dispersion:
- mode
- percentiles and median
- simple and weighted arithmetic mean
- range
- interquartile range
- deviance, variance and standard deviation
- coefficient of variation

An introduction to probability theory:
- definition of probability
- independent and conditional probability
- Gaussian distribution

Diagnostic and screening tests:
- sensitivity and specificity

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lantieri PB, Risso D, Ravera G Elementi di Statistica Medica McGraw-Hill 2007
Verlato G, Zanolin ME Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia Libreria Cortina Editrice, Verona 2000
Fowler J, Jarvis P, Chevannes M Statistica per le Professioni Sanitarie EdiSES srl, Napoli 2006

Assessment methods and criteria

The final test is a written exam with short answer questions and multiple choice questions.
The aim of the test is to verify the knowledge of all the topics discussed.
The final evaluation is expressed in thirtieths.

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