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HLABC Continuing Education Day (June 14th) on Statistics (Finding/Interpreting) & AGM

9am session – Statistics Bootcamp 101 for health librarians and library technicians

Instructor: Dr. Penny Brasher, Biostatistician

The learning objectives for the statistics bootcamp are:

  • Outline role of biostatisticians in clinical medicine; the good, bad & ugly
    • What to look for in well-designed clinical trials & systematic reviews
    • Reporting re: search strategies
  • Define concepts such as quantitative vs. qualitative methods
  • Discuss descriptive statistics and compare to inferential statistics
  • Estimation, sample size, confidence intervals
  • Reporting mechanisms such as CONSORT, QUORUM, PRISMA guidelines

Delivery: Lecture; handouts; small group exercises; reporting back about article critiques, etc.

Existing knowledge: Establish participants’ level of knowledge in order to tailor the session accordingly. Some pre-reading. Articles to read before workshop include Greenhalgh in BMJ for “non-statistician”.

1pm session: Making Sense of Health Statistics 2013

Instructors: Andrea Cameron, SFU Liaison Librarian

The learning objectives for this health statistics workshop are to:

  • Increase confidence and understanding in answering statistical queries
  • Learn the difference between data and statistics
  • Share in effective strategies and tools to find the right source
  • Survey key (and free) Canadian and international statistical sources
  • Answer actual statistics questions

Content:  Data vs. statistics, CANSIM; negotiating statistical questions and metaguides and secondary sources; Statistics Canada; The Daily, Census information and Beyond StatsCan

Delivery: Lecture; handouts; question & answer; etc.

Existing knowledge: Establish participants’ level of knowledge to tailor session; some pre-reading. http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Finding_medical_/_health_care_statistics_online

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