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Abstract #303296

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Activity Number: 74
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2005 : 8:00 PM to 9:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #303296
Title: A Survey of Clinician Attitudes Toward Biostatistics in Medicine
Author(s): Colin P. West*+ and Robert D. Ficalora
Companies: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Address: 509 Meadow Run Dr. SW, Rochester, MN, 55902, United States
Keywords: Perception ; Attitude ; Teaching ; Biostatistics ; Evidence-based medicine ; Education

As the concept of evidence-based medicine gains strength within clinical medicine, medical specialists must improve their grasp of epidemiological and statistical principles. Despite this motivation, essentially all reported investigations of statistical knowledge among clinicians have revealed major deficits. Little is known, however, about underlying perceptions clinicians have about statistics and its role in both research and practice. Understanding these perceptions and attitudes may be helpful in improving teaching on this subject. To investigate this, we conducted an anonymous survey of medical students, medical residents, and teaching faculty at Mayo Clinic Rochester. This survey assessed basic demographics, perceptions, and attitudes toward statistics in medicine, personal knowledge, self-assessment, and a ranking of a variety of medical training subjects in perceived importance. It is hoped the results of this survey may help better direct efforts at improving the statistical awareness of clinicians.

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