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Activity Number: 258
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #307494
Title: The Relationship Between Attitude and Knowledge of Health Care Statistics
Author(s): Heibatollah Baghi*+ and Ellen Swartwout
Companies: George Mason University and George Mason University
Address: 11478 Rothbury Square, Fairfax, VA, 22030,
Keywords: Statistical proficiency ; Healthcare Statistics ; Attitude and Knowledge ; Pre-Post Measures ; Direct Measure of Improvement

The purpose of this study was to assess statistical proficiency of graduate students in health science programs. Pre/post measures of attitude and statistical proficiency were administered to 120 students before and after 8 weeks of instruction to measure students' improvement. Students were asked 25 attitudes questions consisting of domains related to statistics: knowledge, computation skills, and interpretation, utility and confidence level of statistics. Statistical proficiency was tested via 30 multiple choice questions related to descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and statistical procedures. Mean differences for each domain were assessed using dependent t-test; results showed a significant improvement in each domain and a significant correlation between the attitudes and the test of statistical proficiency of the students

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