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

Propaedeutic physical and biological sciences - STATISTICA MEDICA

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Name of lecturer
Simone Accordini
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FISIO VR 1^ anno - 1^semestre dal Jan 30, 2017 al Feb 24, 2017.

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Lesson timetable

FISIO VR 1^ anno - 1^semestre

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Learning outcomes

The course "Medical statistics" is aimed at providing the basic theoretical and practical tools for summarizing the information collected on a sample of subjects, for calculating the probability of one or more health events, and for generalizing the information collected on a sample to the target population. The course therefore aims to provide expertise in bio-statistics. At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate to have understood the basic statistical methods for the analysis of biomedical data.


The course is structured in theoretical frontal lessons (20h).

1) Medicine, scientific research and statistics
2) The measurement process in medicine: measurement scales, validity, precision and accuracy
3) Statistical variables and frequency distributions
4) How to summarize the distribution of one or more variables: measures of location and dispersion, contingency tables
5) An introduction to probability theory: definitions, basic rules of probability, independent and conditional probability, random variables, Gaussian distribution
6) How to assess the validity of a diagnostic tool: sensitivity and specificity, ROC curves
7) An introduction to statistical inference: an outline of sampling theory, the sampling distribution of an estimator, confidence interval, the elements of a statistical test (null hypothesis and alternative hypothesis, type I and type II errors, power of a statistical test, p-value), z test and t-test

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Verlato G, Zanolin ME Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia Libreria Cortina Editrice, Verona 2000
Swinscow TDV, Campbell MJ Le Basi della Statistica per Scienze Bio-mediche Edizioni Minerva Medica 2004
Triola MM, Triola MF Statistica per le Discipline Biosanitarie Pearson 2009

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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