MEDICAL STATISTICS AND MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main aim of the course is to give to the student a certain autonomy in the development of clinical protocols in both observational and experimental studies. It may be useful both in developing the thesis and the further steps of academic career, like specialty and PhD. The student will acquire a basic knowledge of statistics in medicine, and the capability of doing clinical hypothesis. The student should be able to design the basis of a research clinical project, and to evaluate critical technical concerns that may appear during the project development (e.g. the advice of Ethical Committee).
Basic knowledge of statistical analysis and English
Course contents summary
The course will be centered on the definition and deep description of the types of study in medicine (observational – experimental) and of the basic principles of the choice of clinical variables to be included in an experimental database, treating the problem of selecting sample/treatment. The couse will give the basis to design an experimental study and details about the process of development of new drugs and the phases of clinical research. Looking at statistics, the course will give the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics used in clinical practice and the basic principles of the calculation of sample size/statistical power.
Bacchieri/Della Cioppa - Fondamenti di Ricerca Clinica
During the classroom lectures the topics of the module program will be
illustrated and commented. Each theory argument with mathematical
formulae will be explained with the use of simple and practice examples,
so that the student can focus his/her attention on basic concepts more
than the formulae themselves. Furthermore, schemes and basic structures will be given to students, so that they could be directly used in exercises, with the presence of several useful particulars.
Assessment methods and criteria
The verification of the achievement of module objectives is a written or
oral test, mainly consisting of open questions about the arguments
treated during the lessons or the set up of the basic lines of a research project. In this way, it is possible to assess the
student’s knowledge and understanding of both theory and practice
principles and their application