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Medical statistics, epidemiology, informatics and research methodology - STATISTICA MEDICA

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Name of lecturer
Lucia Cazzoletti
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TERP ROV 2^ ANNO - 2^ SEMESTRE dal Mar 12, 2018 al May 18, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course covers fundamental concepts in medical statistics, in particular descriptive statistics, and it introduces concepts of inferential statistics, such as hypothesis testing and confidence intervals.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
• describe data by means of central tendency and variability measures;
• interpret, and express in a proper manner the information concerning a set of experimental statistical units or patients, gathered in the frame of a clinical or epidemiological survey in connection with biomedical outcomes;
• build and interpret a graphical representation summarizing the gathered data;
• understand the fundamentals of statistical inference to a) understand correctly the meaning of the confidence intervals of a parameter (mean, proportion); b) understand how to use and interpret the significance level (p-value);
• be able to interpret the statistical results reported in the medical literature.
Special attention will be devoted to the interpretation of data.


Medicine, scientific research and statistics
The measurement in medicine: measurement scales, validity, precision and accuracy
Statistical variables and frequency distributions
Description of the distribution of one or more variables (of position and measures of variability, contingency tables)
Introduction to Probability
From the sample to the population: the principles of statistical inference (confidence intervals and statistical test)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Glantz SA Statistica per Discipline Biomediche (Edizione 6) McGraw-Hill 2007 9788838639258
Dancey CP, Reidy JG, Rowe R Statistica per le scienze mediche Piccin Nuova Libraria S.p.A. 2016 978-88-299-2765-4

Assessment methods and criteria

The final test is a written exam and includes both multiple choice questions and exercises.
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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