- Submit the project to the UMKC SOM Research and Statistical Consult Service for statistical evaluation, if statistical expertise is not provided by the mentor.
How much “lead time” should be provided ?
It is expected that the faculty, staff, residents and students will make a request at the beginning of the project (when designing) in order to obtain input from a statistician regarding study design, the research objective and measures, data collection/format, and the analysis plan. Lead time will depend on the complexity of the project, but at least 2 weeks will have best results.
Expectations — such as name on publications, presentations, etc., ?
Discuss this at the beginning. The biostatistician is able to provide and/or collaborate in creating written content, figures, and tables for papers and posters. We anticipate that the biostatistician who works on the project will be listed as one of the co-authors to the publication.
Researchers should incorporate other deadlines like IRB submission, factor in data collection, and meet with biostatistician.
Researchers are responsible for collecting data and making it available to the biostatistician in a de-identified, usable format (see REDCap info below).
Optimizing Data Collection - REDCap (research electronic data capture) is a recommended tool for research data collection and can be customized to the specific project. REDCap is designed to comply with HIPAA regulations and data can be exported in many formats such as SPSS and excel worksheet. REDCap accelerates research by limiting repeated effort and centralizing processes. REDCap helps ensure data confidentiality and is much preferred over using Excel data sheets.
The SOM Dept. of Biomedical and Health Informatics staff are available to train researchers to use REDCap, see -https://chi.umkc.edu/redcap/