Biostatistics: road less travelled

Darshankumar K. Dharaiya


Initially developed as a branch of mathematics, biostatistics has evolved to take important position in the field biomedical research including medicine. Currently biostatistics has been used in almost all areas of biomedical research as well as treatment and planning for heath related programmes and resource distribution. Despite being of paramount importance, biostatistics is the field which is mostly neglected by students and professionals due to various reason which can have long-term impact on education, research, treatment and health programs and policy making as well. Very few institutes are providing training in the field of biostatics and less and less scholars are taking interest in that training. Researchers have come up with newer approaches to teach the subject and they have shown encouraging results, but still its long way to statistical literacy in the medical field.


Biostatistics, Statistical error, Education of biostatistics

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