Defense Date

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Endodontics

First Advisor

Karan Replogle

Abstract

Endodontic residents must keep current with clinical information to practice evidence- based dentistry. To do so, endodontic residents must access research papers and interpret results. This requires a knowledge of biostatistics. However, the biostatistical knowledge of endodontic residents is relatively unknown. The purpose of the study was to assess the biostatistical knowledge of endodontic residents using a survey instrument to prove or reject the hypothesis that there exists a lack of understanding of biostatistic principles among endodontic residents. A survey consisting of 29 questions querying attitudes and biostatistical knowledge was distributed to 230 endodontic residents and returned with a 32% response rate. The overall mean resident knowledge score was 42.3% (SD, 17.5%; range, 10% to 90%). Only 39% stated they understood all of the statistical terms encountered in journal articles. This data supports the hypothesis that there exists a lack of understanding of biostatistical principles and would suggest that more effective training in biostatistics in residency education is desirable.

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VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2010

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