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This module is designed to help medical communications professionals and others in the pharmaceutical industry evaluate statistical data presented in medical literature. It will help users apply statistical concepts when evaluating literature, identify strengths and weaknesses in study design, and detect potential bias in the presentation of statistics.

The goal of this module is not to turn you into a statistician. In DIA’s instructor-led statistics training courses, we say the same thing: A three-hour module, or a three-day training course, will not give you the knowledge that it takes biostatisticians advanced degrees and years of experience to accumulate. For example, this module does not go into great detail about how to perform the myriad statistical tests available, because the goal is less on how to perform these tests, but rather on understanding what you are reading when you are evaluating medical literature. We hope one outcome of your taking this module is that you are comfortable “speaking the language” of statistics and discussing your questions or issues with your company’s statisticians.

Feedback from Our Participant(s)

I have found these modules to be indispensable for any individual in the role of a Medical Communications Professional (MCP) in the pharmaceutical industry, whether they be new to this role or a more seasoned colleague.  I recommend this program be incorporated into a Medical Communications training plan for all MCP team members, as it covers the foundation work processes of a MCP's role very nicely.  As a seasoned MCP myself, the modules were very helpful to identify how we are currently practicing, and where improvements could be made based on following the industry's best practices as it relates to medical communications.  Also of great value, the ability to earn ACPE credit as a pharmacist as well as the opportunity to receive a DIA Medical Communications Certificate upon completion of all 9 modules, really adds credence to embarking on this educational opportunity as a "no-brainer".

Featured Topics 

  • Evaluation of statistical data in medical literature
  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses in study designs
  • Detection of bias in the presentation of statistics

Who Should Attend 

  • Medical communications professionals who evaluate statistical claims in medical literature
  • Professionals in the pharmaceutical or health care industry interested in learning and applying statistical concepts in clinical research or medical literature

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to better perform the following functions:

  • Identify potential bias in the presentation of statistical data
  • Discuss the statistical concepts of population, sample, bias, distribution, and variability
  • Discuss types of data, summary measures, and estimation
  • Discuss hypothesis testing, type I and type II errors, statistical power, sample size, confidence intervals, and P-values
  • Interpret the results of research papers and abstracts
  • Distinguish among study designs and identify techniques used to avoid bias
  • Use basic statistical terminology

The module takes an average of 3.5 hours to complete. (Note that this is an average time. People learn at different rates, and they explore resources and examples at different paces.)

Special Offers 

Save 20% by purchasing all nine modules in the Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program for $1,960 (a $490.00 savings).  Save 15% on the purchase of two to eight modules.

Contact Information 

Linda Belmont, DIA
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Technical Requirements 

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Continuing Education 

The Drug Information Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Drug Information Association designates this educational activity for up to 3.5 contact hours or .35 CEUs. 0286-0000-13-408-H04-P Type of Activity: Application

Drug Information Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

As an IACET Authorized Provider, Drug Information Association offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Drug Information Association is authorized by IACET to offer .4 CEUs for this program.

This module is part of DIA's Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program. If you complete each module of the certificate program and receive a passing score of 80% on each module exam, you are eligible to receive the DIA Medical Communications Certificate.

Release Date: March 15, 2006

Reviewed and Updated: March 15, 2007
Reviewed and Updated: October 18, 2007
Reviewed and Updated: September 30, 2010
Reviewed and Updated: September 25, 2013
Expiration Date: September 25, 2016*

*Continuing education credit is available to participants who successfully complete the eLearning program before the expiration date.

Name Credit Type Max Credits CEU
Statistics for Medical Communications Professional ACPE 3.50 0.350
Statistics for Medical Communications Professional IACET 3.50 0.400

Disclosure Policy:

It is DIA policy that anyone in a position to control the content of a continuing education activity must disclose to the program audience (1) any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation and/or the educational activity, and (2) discussions of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or medical devices. Disclosure statements will be included in the course materials.

Statement of Credit:

In order to receive a statement of credit (before the one year purchase expiration date and before the expiration date listed above), please review the entire module, complete the exam and evaluation form. You must receive a passing score of 80% or better to receive a statement of credit. Statements of credit will be emailed within one month of receipt of exam and evaluation form. Please note: If you do not complete the module, pass the module exam, AND complete the evaluation form, you will not receive a statement of credit.

Registration Fees 

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Save 20% by purchasing all nine modules in the Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program for $1,960 (a $490.00 savings).  Save 15% on the purchase of two to eight modules.

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