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Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics

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University of Cape Town via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Health Care
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 6 weeks long

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If you’ve ever skipped over`the results section of a medical paper because terms like “confidence interval” or “p-value” go over your head, then you’re in the right place. You may be a clinical practitioner reading research articles to keep up-to-date with developments in your field or a medical student wondering how to approach your own research. Greater confidence in understanding statistical analysis and the results can benefit both working professionals and those undertaking research themselves.

If you are simply interested in properly understanding the published literature or if you are embarking on conducting your own research, this course is your first step. It offers an easy entry into interpreting common statistical concepts without getting into nitty-gritty mathematical formulae. To be able to interpret and understand these concepts is the best way to start your journey into the world of clinical literature. That’s where this course comes in - so let’s get started!

The course is free to enroll and take. You will be offered the option of purchasing a certificate of completion which you become eligible for, if you successfully complete the course requirements. This can be an excellent way of staying motivated! Financial Aid is also available.

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Dr Juan H Klopper

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Reviews for Coursera's Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics
4.8 Based on 160 reviews

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Arnab D
5.0 7 months ago
by Arnab completed this course.
I have attempted taking courses or reading books on medical statistics earlier, and every time, I took a few baby steps and then aborted. I was good at maths in school, but hey, twenty years in the medical profession, and the confidence sags. This time, I got a bird's eye view of the entire subject, with sufficient detail where required. This course is comprehensive, without being intimidating, and focuses on an intuitive grasp of the subject. I can say for sure that I am more motivated now than ever before, in conducting clinical research the right way. The foundation stones have been laid. I can now build on this knowledge, without fear of statistics getting in the way.
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Bhavna K
5.0 2 years ago
by Bhavna completed this course.
What a great course! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in clinical research and wants to understand how statistics is used in clinical research. I loved all aspects of the course. The lecture videos were short and crisp. Dr. Klopper is very engaging and explained even the hardest concepts really well. The quizzes let you apply what you learn. The peer review assignments are a great way of soliciting and giving feedback. Learning this course has really enriched my statistics knowledge.
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course good for beginners. Although I have only high school education I didn't find it hard.

I learned a lot of new terms and understood the basics of some interesting statistical concepts.

The lessons were very clear, the use of graphs helped me a great deal, Teaching free data retrieval and analysis tools was cool, and the Keynotes were great for review.

The quizzes and tasks are fair, and easier then i expected.

D.R. Klopper Thanks a lot,

You were very pleasant and you seem to have sincere interest in the subject and teaching it.

I promise that if i publish a research, I won't forget to enable free accesses to the data!
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Theerabhat D
5.0 2 years ago
Theerabhat completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
If you didn't learn the statistic's calculation : don't be afraid.

The Instructor is lecturing made it simple to understand although you didn't know math.

The contents emphasize in understanding clinical's research : Type of research, Variable, Method and statistical analysis of research, Interpretation of research results.

The peer review assessment make you more confident in reading and interpret the clinical research.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was an excellent course; comprehensive and very well-explained, indeed without needing to apply much mathematics. Therefore, the course is perfect for most researchers, doctors or allied personnel wanting to learn or enhance their understanding on the statistics behind research, beginners or semi-advanced. I would only recommend the teacher to include an extra week on survival analysis, a very important and frequently misunderstood topic. Thank you for the nice course.
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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The material is very dense, but the explanations were good. I had to review the material a lot, but I think that is the nature of this topic. I loved the way the course was organized between videos, reading, tests and assignments. I especially benefitted from the real-world examples that were used in the material. In fact, I think the course could have included even more! I got out of it exactly what I wanted: a basic understanding and ability to assess a study's strengths and weaknesses. Very good use of my time!
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Dr Klopper is an excellent teacher. The lectures were very well done and the lecture notes were helpful. Statistics is a difficult subject, but the concepts were explained clearly without too much complicated math. It's a very good course for learning how to read biomedical literature with a critical eye, in order to judge whether study results have been interpreted correctly by the authors or the authors have drawn conclusions that are not justified by the data.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Juan did a fantastic job in explaining basic statistic principles and using examples from medical journals to put theory into practice. After taking this course, the statistical section of the medical papers will not look daunting anymore. Highly recommend this course to health professionals who want to gain basic but crucial statistical knowledge!
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Saurabh K
5.0 2 years ago
by Saurabh completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Definitely one of the better courses on the subject. Highly recommended. However, a basic understanding of statistics might be required to understand the matter.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course, and much appreciated for the work put in by the course organizers. This is a very interesting subject for me. I highly recommend this course to health professionals that are interested in clinical research and wants to understand how statistics are used in clinical research and gain basic but important statistical knowledge!

The organization of the course between videos, reading, tests and assignments was well balanced. This is the first course on statistics that I have completed yet so far. I plan to continue with my statistical training in the near future.

This course helped me to develop an understanding of choices of statistic tests and why to use that specific test. Having finished the course, I feel more confident and ready to meet every challenge that can occur concerning the statistics bit of research protocols.

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Henrietta F
5.0 2 years ago
by Henrietta completed this course.
I would like to thank Juan and the organisers of this course. I would recommend this course to everyone who needs to know about stats. This is the first course on stat that I have completed and understood in great depth. This course helps you to develop deep and thorough understanding of choices of stats tests and justification for the choice. I can't thank Juan enough. You've made difficulties in understanding stats in articles decrease to a great extent. I like that fact that you pull all the learnings together with a case study on how to link it all together. Thank thank you so much. I already recommended to a colleague. I will spread the news.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am a physician-scientist, but never had a strong understanding of statistics. This course was excellent. It covered essentially all of the commonly used tests in medical and social research. Still, it was not overwhelming. It was clear and concise, yet had sufficient examples. I would say that the instructor, from South Africa, uses some phrases that might take a moment to fully grasp. I guess you could say the "lingo" is not 100% American. That is fine- after all this course is being studied by people around the world. I only mention this to suggest you listen to him carefully. Overall, an excellent course and an excellent experience!
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a really good review for me of statistical concepts- having taken my last college level stats class 30 years ago! The topics selected were very relevant to understanding clinical research and Dr. Juan's lectures were clear, well organized and the right length to ensure understanding while maintaining student focus. I also like the fact that each week's quizzes incorporated previous weeks' concepts, which was a good review. Finally, the course also included a couple of case studies using real world research - I found this aspect to be a great review as well as more interesting than just going over stale notes.
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Farooq A
4.0 4 months ago
by Farooq completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.


conducting and evaluating research is an integral part of medical education. medical professionals including doctors, nurses and paramedics who are pursuing their carriers as practicing doctors and nurses need to understand and practice research at every step of their carriers. i think this course is a must for all medical students both undergraduate and postgraduate and will enhance their understanding about research and skills of conducting and evaluating research. i as working as director of medical education in a medical college and will try to introduce these concepts in undergraduate medical curriculum

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Bruce T
5.0 3 months ago
by Bruce audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
There were a number of occasions during this course when "I got it!" This is a brilliant course for someone who reads a lot of research but skips Methods and just concentrates on the graphs in the Results sections. My last formal course in stats was 40 years ago and this was just right for me. Now I understand what I'm reading! Maybe I'll even do some research myself.

I loved the Dr Klopper's short videos and well-laid-out keynotes. The tests and assignments were just hard enough to make me think, not too hard to make me give up. I enjoyed the peer-review as well.

A painless reintroduction to statistics.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I would like to thank the team for this course. At first I had doubts but it actually provided me with a high understanding of general concepts as well as subtle details. Now I know where to click in some softwares and I'm even able, against all odds (ha, ha) to calculate a few things in Excel myself. I can talk and not look too stupid and even advise people about their research designs. Of course, there's still, for me, a huge area of improvement but I'm very thankful for these useful courses and proud to have passed this certification ! Will take it again though, to strengthen my understanding ;)
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Dr H
4.0 a year ago
by Dr completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course, more than anything it told me what are the important things to know and so guided my self-learning. The interactive sections were great and I'd like to see more of them, particularly for people who want to learn HOW to do the various tests. The Khan Academy videos on statistics and probability served as great adjuncts for exploring some of the statistical methods and concepts in more detail for those who are interested.

There were a fair number of typos in the written content.
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Anonymous
4.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a comprehensive course and serves as a refresher course for my ST101 more than 20 years ago. I like the first few chapters as the lessons went slowly with ample applications. It would be excellent if the last few chapters follow suit.

Overall, this is a very good course based on the content, speed, and flexibility. I really enjoyed re-learning them all through here - taking them slow and easy. I will be using some of the applications and topics learned here for my work. Thank you.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
conducting and evaluating research is an integral part of medical education. medical professionals including doctors, nurses and paramedics who are pursuing their carriers as practicing doctors and nurses need to understand and practice research at every step of their carriers. i think this course is a must for all medical students both undergraduate and postgraduate and will enhance their understanding about research and skills of conducting and evaluating research.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have never thought statistics could be fun. But it actually was. Not one of the lectures was frustrating or frightening! The information was delivered in a very good style and in digestable chunks. Some background knowledge however comes handy when listening to the analysis of sample articles. Having finished the course I feel more confident and ready to embrace whatever challenge may come my way regarding translation of the statistics bit of research protocols.
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