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Presentation 4F3. Statistical Training for Doctors

Mike Campbell (UK)


Presentation Abstract
In the UK doctors are required to undergo Continuous Medical Education (CME) for which they earn 'points' and they can do this by attending courses. They need to acquire a certain number of points each year. Courses have to be approved by the local CME tutor as being worth a certain number of points. I have been involved in three courses which have been given CME approval. These were: Research Methods, Research in Complementary Medicine, and Clinical Trials. Each of these contained a statistical component, as part of an overall package. We have also given courses on Cluster Randomised Trials and Design and Analysis of Studies involving Quality of Life which did not qualify for CME approval, but which were attended by some doctors
The general messages are:
1) Doctors going on CME approved courses are only interested in statistics as a tool for helping their research.
2) Design issues, such as how to randomise, are best approached through practical experiments.
3) In the main, statistical analysis should be lead by issues, e.g. why are data from cluster randomised trials different? Little technical detail should be attempted in a course, but examples from the literature and further reading indicated.


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