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08 May 2020
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
9am-4.30pm

VCCC biostatistics workshop: Learn how to interpret statistical significance in clinical studies

This workshop is designed as an introductory level workshop for health professionals who want to better understand how to interpret the reporting of statistical results.  The workshop will explore beyond the simple how-to of statistical testing to delve into the underlying concepts and rationales for hypothesis testing.

This workshop will answer questions including:

What is the difference between statistical significance and clinical significance and how do you make decisions about the real-world relevance of either? 

Designed for the non-statistician, it will explore ideas such as:

  • how to interpret P-values and the importance of confidence intervals and effect sizes
  • what does an insignificant P-value mean and should this be explored further and
  • misuse and misinterpretation of P-values, including P-hacking and selective reporting

Facilitators: The day will be facilitated by Dr Charles Malpas from the Master of Clinical Research program, Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne.

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