Objectives
  • To develop a working knowledge of clinical trial and medical statistics

  • To develop the capacity to interact with statistics and data interpretation professionals

  • To develop the capacity to critically interpret medical statistics, as presented in any format

Awareness
  • Awareness of the concepts of statistical variability (random events)

  • Awareness of cognitive biases, and how they exist in data interpretation

  • Awareness of the sources of clinical data (randomised trial, observational data, case reports etc)

  • Awareness of numbers, quantities

  • Awareness of key clinical trial and epidemiology outcomes (such as response rate, hazard ratio (HR) etc)

Knowledge
  • Knowledge of the design and conduct of clinical trials

  • Knowledge of the development and conduct of clinical trials through international cooperative groups, national or inhouse protocols including the following:

    • scientific methodology

    • clinical trial design

    • trial objectives

    • end points

    • basic understanding of sample size calculation

    • understanding of p values (frequentist), Bayesian statistics

    • statistical analysis methods

    • bias and how it interplays with proper interpretation of data presented in any format

Skills
  • Ability to discuss the design of clinical trials

  • Ability to critically assess the scientific value of data being presented, and to deduce knowledge from such information