The Statistical Advisory Service is based in the Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine (Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine) at Charterhouse Square, and is available to those within St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry who are undertaking research. The aim of the service is to provide statistical advice which will contribute to improving the standard of research, and is provided on a chargeable basis by statisticians within the Wolfson Institute.
Researchers wishing to consult a statistician should do so at the earliest possible stage in their project: preferably BEFORE the study design has been finalised and data collection begun.
Initial contact is made with the Secretary to the Professor of Medical Statistics, who will liase with statisticians, discuss costs, and arrange an appointment on your behalf. Please note that this is not a walk-in NOR a telephone service, and most consultations take 1-2 weeks to arrange.
You will be asked to provide a summary of your project and some dates and times when you are available in the following 2-3 weeks. The summary will be used to appoint the most suitable statistician for your area of study. It will also assist the appointed statistician to prepare for the meeting and aid them in giving as constructive a contribution as possible. The summary should, therefore, include:
- the title and aim of your study
- the population(s) to be studied
- outcome(s) to be measured
- exactly in which area you are seeking advice (ie, what question(s) or issue(s) do you expect to be dealt with at the meeting?)
- Please think carefully about what you require from the consultation to ensure that the time is used as constructively as possible - the more prepared you are, the more you will benefit.
- A guide for the summary is available for download, as .doc or .pdf, from the menu to the right.
The consultation is approximately one hour.
If you think you are likely to require further consultations, please arrange a meeting with Joan Morris, the Professor of Medical Statistics, to discuss how your needs could be met. For ongoing or more demanding projects, you may need to consider possible sources of funding.
To arrange an appointment, please call the Secretary to the Professor of Medical Statistics on (020) 7882 6224 or e-mail email@example.com.