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QMP Medical Statistics Online Tutorial: Normal Distribution

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Donatas Zailskas

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Description of resource:

This tutorial teaches the essentials about the statistics in medicine and covers various aspects of normal distribution (ND): central limit theorem, properties of ND, NDs with different means and with different variances, variables that follow a ND, normal plot and introduction to t-distribution. As with all QMP tutorials, this one has various quizzes, examples and exercises to solidify your learned information. By the end of this tutorial you should understand what data are and how they are described and represented, what normal distribution looks like and so on.

Who is it aimed at?

This tutorial by the University of South Wales in Australia is aimed at young medical students and newly graduated doctors that are beginning to learn about EBM, math and statistics.

How long might it take to complete?

Depending on your level of knowledge in statistics and mathematics, it could take you approximately from one hour to an hour and a half to complete. Like most of the QMP tutorials, this one does not overload you with unnecessary information.

What are your opinions of it?

The deeper the tutorial goes into statistics and mathematics, the happier I am – my math and stats lectures were 6 years ago, so I’m very glad for an opportunity to revive some of the information and learn new one. Realizing what is “normal” in a statistical sense is critical for your future scientific career, so this is a tutorial that I’m definitely planning to come back to after my graduation.

Link to resource:

http://web.med.unsw.edu.au/QMP/QMPTut3_2012/Tut3_Intro.htm [1]

[1] Rachel Thompson, Mike Bennett, Ed Loughman. QMP Medical Statistics Tutorial: Normal Distribution [Internet]. University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine; 2008 [updated 15 March 2013; cited 21 May 2013]. Available from: http://web.med.unsw.edu.au/QMP/QMPTut3_2012/Tut3_Intro.htm

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Donatas Zailskas

Donatas Zailskas

Hey! I'm from Lithuania, I'm a 6th year medical student in the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, head of the Neurology group in our Student Scientific Society. I'm hopefully starting a Neurology residency in September, very interested in Neuroscience and extremely keen on improving the current state of healthcare and student education in my country. Evidence-based medicine, critical thinking are extremely important, so I feel a strong need to strengthen this type of education. View more posts from Donatas

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