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PenARC Making Sense of Statistics course


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter
25th March 2020
09:15 - 4:00 pm
Category: General

PenARC Free One Day Course
Making Sense of Statistics

*** Please note that in view of the current situation this workshop has now been postponed. We have contacted participants directly however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch at

At PenARC we believe that better health care can be provided to patients by making decisions that are based on evidence. This one-day Making Sense of Statistics course is targeted towards non-academic healthcare professionals and assumes little prior knowledge of statistics. It will serve as a useful introduction for people who have had no formal statistical training and a refresher for people who have had some formal training. It aims to support your ability to interpret statistical findings in research papers and use research evidence so that you can make effective health and social care decisions.

The topics covered include:

the structure of a dataset; the different types of variables that are measured in research and how to summarise these; use of confidence intervals and p-values to make inferences from study data; comparing continuous variables between two groups; comparing binary variables between two groups using the risk difference, risk ratio and odds ratio; and correlation and linear regression

Our Making Sense of Evidence (MSE) workshops are designed to teach you how to find and use evidence to make effective health and social care decisions and are open to all clinicians, allied health professionals, managers, and other colleagues interested in improving their critical thinking.

To find out how our Making Sense of Evidence Modules can assist you in your work please visit our MSE Modules page for more information. If you would be interested in being added to our mailing list to receive details of all workshops on the Making Sense of Evidence programme please get in touch at

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team with any questions.

Making Sense of Evidence Team
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) Tel: +44 (0) 1392 726060 (Ext: 6060)

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