Medicine, Statistics, and Education: The Inextricable Link

Katharine Brieger
Johanna S. Hardin, Pomona College

Reprinted with permission from Chance. Copyright 2012 by the American Statistical Association. All rights reserved.


Statistics is an integral part of any clinical trial, and it is widely recognized that the training of doctors should aim to improve statistical literacy. However, the call for statistical literacy has focused on introductory material, and we argue that there is a need for advanced statistical literacy in the health sciences (Table 1).