Biostatistics is a multidisciplinary field that involves the application of statistical methods and techniques for data collection, data management and data analysis of living organism and biological system. Biostatistics shelters applications and contributes not only for physical health and medicines but also in the fields of mental health, genetics, biology, epidemiology and many others.
Biostatisticians are the specialists, of data evaluation as it is their expertise that allows them to translate complex mathematical and statistical discoveries into clinical trials, research data. They also provide valuable healthcare information that’s used to make decisions for public health. Biostatistics is also needed in government agencies and legislative offices, where research is often used to influence change in policy-making.
Biostatistics role is essential in such areas as the design and analysis of clinical trials in mental health, medical and pharmaceutical research the identification of influential genes and/or biomarkers, and the search for factors affecting various diseases in epidemiological studies.
Different organizations and health professionals have huge amounts of data of different fields but they can’t utilize the data due to the shortage of biostatistician and lack of knowledge about the statistics. There are few universities in Pakistan that are offering advance degrees and diploma courses in biostatistics.
Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) is playing a pivotal role in the development and application of statistical methods aimed at analysis of data related to mental health research.
By using the appropriate statistical techniques and analysis through Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) and Analysis of Moment Structure (AMOS) PILL team has completed and published many researches.
PILL regularly conduct training workshops on different topics and has also conducted many training workshops on biostatistics such as; Introduction to Biostatistics, basic and advance level of statistical package (SPSS) and AMOS; including, Correlation, Regression analysis, t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, Factor analysis, Mediation and Moderation.
PILL is also introducing the internship and certificate programs in the field of biostatistics for undergraduate, postgraduate students and health professionals (Doctors, nurses, psychologist, psychiatrist and other mental health professionalism).