Being able to critically appraise the evidence when reading papers or when listening any conference presentation requires minimum skills in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. These skills are the ones to understand the statistical analyses performed by scientists, to interpret the statistical results, and to analyze the consistency between the statistical methods used to obtain the results and the clinical message(s) based on these results.
The EnvA proposes an online MasterClass in Biostatistics and Epidemiology which proposes two consecutive days of lectures illustrated by captions from scientific papers in veterinary clinical research followed by two consecutive days dedicated to critical appraisal of such papers.
- To better understand statistics when reading scientific papers;
- To be aware about common misinterpretations of statistical results;
- To distinguish relevant clinical messages from irrelevant ones based on the methodology used (including the study design) and the presence of biases.