Journal of Biostatistics and Epidemiology 2016. 2(2):76-80.

Awareness and attitude towards applications of biostatistics by the healthcare professionals in their decision making in north Karnataka, India
Shivalingappa Javali, Mohan Anantarao Sunkad


Background  & Aim: The objective  of our study was to find out the awareness, inclination  and desire to apply the biostatistics as a tool in their areas of work by healthcare professionals.
Methods   &  Materials:   A  cross-sectional   study  was  done  using  self-administered,   validated questionnaire,  among the faculty,  resident  doctors and internees  of medical  college,  physiotherapy college, dental college and nursing college. Study was done in North Karnataka, India, during 2012-13.
Results: Out of a total of 500 questionnaires  that were distributed  among participants,  only 460 questionnaires  were received with a dropout rate of 8%. The response rate was 92%. Most of the respondents believed that the biostatistics is more difficult than other subjects of medical sciences. The total mean perception of knowledge scores was 21.2 ± 4.26 and total mean attitude scores was 33.4 ± 6.78 and were statistically significant (P < 0.05).
Conclusion:  The study has brought out the fact that “biostatistics”  is a difficult subject, more of mathematics  and  is  best  left  to  experts.  However  the  respondents  have  felt  “biostatistics”  an important part of evidence based medicine and a necessary skill for healthcare professional.


Knowledge; Biostatistics; Useful tool

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