Three Day Workshop in Data Management & Biostatistics for Healthcare Professionals

Mar 04 - Mar 06, 2014

St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore in association with McMaster University, Canada, organised a CME Program on data management and biostatistics from March 4th to 6th, 2014. It was conducted as part of the NHLBI Centre of Excellence (CoE) activities. The workshop was designed for health care professionals including faculty, postgraduate and PhD students from medical, Nursing and pharmacy colleges from India.

Of the 70 candidates that registered for the workshop, 56 candidates from 21 cities in India attended.

The objective of the workshop was to enhance basic knowledge of the participants and advance their skills in data management and biostatistics. The Speakers included a group of senior professors, statisticians and researchers from St. John’s Medical College, who have extensive experience in the selected topics.  The course methods included lectures on study design and methods, case report forms, preparing tables, graphs and figures, referencing software, data management, project management, writing research grants and writing for a journal

A temporary version of licensed SPSS was loaded into the laptops of the individuals. Statistics was taught as interactive lectures and practical. The topics covered were sampling and sample size, parametric tests, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression.

The candidates had access to a learning management system TYRO that runs on a platform called TUSK Developed by TUFTs University, Boston.

Overall, this workshop provided the participants a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of study designs, data management, biostatistics, project management and writing statistics for grants and biomedical journals. The participants were also familiarized with basics in statistical methods, referencing software and were given practical demonstrations of SPSS for conducting few key tests involved in data analyses.

The participants evaluated the course based on lectures, statistics practical, TYRO, food, accommodation and time schedules. The overall assessment was good (3.9 /5). They mentioned that the workshop was very systematically organised, time schedule was maintained and that the faculty used examples from their own experiences. They found TYRO was very easy to operate and overall utility was very good (4.2/5).

The major areas of learning was the use of EndNote reference manager, data management, presentation skills, sample size calculation, analysis and presentation of data. The overall learning by statistics practical was rated as 3.9/5.

The candidates recommended that the statistics practical be of longer duration and more emphasis be given to data management and EndNote.