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Further Information on Statistical Consulting

The Statistical Consulting Unit offers statistical advice as a service to the staff of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg, for the preclinical institutes of the Medical Faculty as well as for the associated Academic Teaching Hospitals, and for doctoral students of the Medical Faculty Freiburg. The opportunity to seek consultation should be already taken during the planning phase of the scientific research to help avoid mistakes of a methodological nature. As a basis for an effective consultation, it is expected that the research question and the objective of the investigation are written down in a precise way. This description has to be provided in the Online Application form, which is a necessary requirement for the consultation. If the research is for a doctoral thesis, its description has to be discussed with the mentor. In case of multiple coherent doctoral theses, the mentor should participate in one of the initial consultations to discuss the entire scope of the planned research. The consultation will then be provided for the investigation as a whole rather than for the analysis of partial aspects.

The statistical analysis itself is usually not conducted by the responsible consultant. In case the statistical analysis in a specific project may be carried out by a scientist of the Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics, the data has to be provided in a form which can be directly read and edited by the Institute's statistics software. The person seeking consultation is fully responsible for data input and data quality. The approximate length of time for consultation should be discussed with the consultant, and especially longer interruptions need to be communicated ahead of time. After completion of the work, the duration for which documents as well as data and analysis software should be stored has to be determined in coordination with the consultant.

The consultation, including the use of the computing infrastructure, is free of charge for purely scientific research. In case the Institute contributes substantially to the research and where the cooperation results in a publication, the consulting scientist should be included as a co-author, and the manuscript has to be submitted to the consultant prior to its submission to a journal and publication.

Persons seeking statistical consulting should have a basic knowledge in medical statistics, such as it is taught in QB1 Epidemiology, Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics. Recommended reading:

Schumacher M, Schulgen G: Methodik klinischer Studien. Methodische Grundlagen der Planung, Durchführung und Auswertung., New York - Heidelberg: Springer, 3. Auflage , 2008: