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Statistics for Medical Affairs


Overview

This module is part of the Medical Communications eLearning Program (eight modules) and is designed to help medical affairs professionals 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.

Featured topics

  • Statistical concepts of population, sample, bias, distribution, and variability
  • Hypothesis testing Type I and Type II errors, statistical power, sample size, confidence intervals, and P-values
  • Study designs and techniques used to avoid bias
  • Interpreting the results of research papers and abstracts 

Who should attend?

This program is designed for professionals involved in:

  • Medical affairs
  • Medical communications
  • Medical information
  • Medical writing
  • Field-based medical affairs support (i.e., medical science liaison)
  • Medical call center environment
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Clinical research
  • Professional education, training, and development
  • Document management/eSubmissions

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • 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 hypotheses 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

This module takes an average of 3.5 hours to complete.

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