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Clinical Statistics for Nonstatisticians


This course answers common questions and addresses topics such as confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, trial designs, and methods for establishing non-inferiority.  This course will increase the level of statistical knowledge of nonstatisticians so that collaborative efforts of statisticians and nonstatisticians on clinical investigative teams can be improved.
Course Level: Beginner

What you will learn

  • Emphasizes the basic statistical concepts relevant to clinical research
  • Comparable to an introductory statistics course presented with limited use of computational formulas
  • Emphasizes thinking critically about data, making valid inferences, and understanding how statisticians are an essential element of clinical investigations

Who should attend?

  • Clinical research professionals
  • Administrative support for clinical development
  • Finance professionals involved in clinical development and need to interact with project specialists
  • Professionals who must understand and work with statisticians in clinical research
  • Those with a basic understanding of clinical research and a fundamental exposure to statistics either through professional experience or formal study

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize concepts such as variability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and P-values and their applications to current projects
  • Distinguish various study designs and identify techniques to avoid bias in current and new studies
  • Discuss the importance of collaboration with statisticians when designing and interpreting results from clinical trials
  • Demonstrate how to establish clinical non-inferiority and equivalence
  • Effectively speak to co-workers and management using statistical terms
  • Identify the statistician’s role in clinical research

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