Often, students do not recognize the use of the course "Medizinische Biometrie für Mediziner", and the course is criticized as being too theoretical. To tackle this problem, the Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, at the University at Lübeck re-structured the course. The aim was to teach not only understanding and performing statistical analyses but also the foundations of evidence-based medicine, and thus to introduce more practical elements. While in the lecture, foundations of descriptive and inferential statistics are taught, the seminar is divided into two parts. In the first, biometrical problems are solved, in the second, evidence-based medicine is introduced. To this end, the students receive scientific articles in English and German, from which they extract both content and evaluation according to evidence criteria. Details of the studies are then discussed thoroughly during the seminar. From the beginning on, the connection between both parts of the course is emphasized: Understanding the solution of biometrical problems is a prerequisite for critically evaluating medical evidence and thus for evidence-based medicine. The results of the final test for the course "Medizinische Biometrie für Mediziner" are used to assess the success of re-structuring the course. Furthermore, the students evaluate the lecture and the seminar during the semester. The results indicated that at the end of the semester the students are familiar with the important concepts of evidence-based medicine, and that the acceptance of the course has reached a satisfying level.
|Translated title of the contribution||More orientation on application in the course "medizinische biometrie" of the cross-sectional subject Q1 by including concepts of evidence-based medicine|
|Journal||Informatik Biometrie und Epidemiologie in Medizin und Biologie|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|