The Science of Biostatistics in Decision Making within Health Sciences
Keywords:Biostatistics, Decision Making, Statistical thinking
Biostatistics is a science developed for the field of health. It is not the application of another branch of science. Because it has its own laws. It includes many original methods for problems and hypotheses that require evidence-based solutions in different fields of health sciences. Biostatistics has a working environment in all fields of science and is multi-disciplinary. The biostatistician ensures that the results are presented appropriately in articles and publications by using statistical methods and analyzes for hypothesis appropriate to the data. These tasks are similarly formulated in the ICH E6 guideline on good clinical practice. The discourse in the guide is exactly as follows; “The sponsor should utilize qualified individuals (e.g. biostatisticians, clinical pharmacologists, and physicians) as appropriate, throughout all stages of the trial process, from designing the protocol and CRFs and planning the analyses to analyzing and preparing interim and final clinical trial reports.” Unfortunately, today there is no good and adequate education that teaches statistical thinking. For this reason, many errors are made in hospitals and in scientific journals. As a result, in order to break the current erroneous loops, it is necessary to instill and teach correct decision-making, statistical thinking, variation and methodology starting from primary school education as other courses are given in the first years.
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