Biostatistics and Health Informatics Advisory Service
Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, , Denmark Hill, , London, SE5 8AF
BHI Advisory ServiceThis service is intended to provide advice to staff and students from IoPPN departments on statistical aspects of a research project including PhD thesis and MSc dissertations, technical support with informatics related projects and qualitative research advice.This service is free of charge.All bookings must be made at least 48hrs in advance, any appointments made within the 48 hours’ time frame will be cancelled.   Appointments cannot be guaranteed if the relevant information regarding your study is not included.    We can provide help in the following areas:BiostatisticsPlanning of study design and statistical analysis Sample size / power calculations Carrying out data description Carrying out formal data analysis Interpretation and presentation of results Queries by statistical referees Statistical software (SPSS, Stata, Amos)Informatics RosalindNatural Language ProcessingText MiningQualitative ResearchQualitative research methods, including individual interviews, focus group discussions, ethical issues,content and thematic analysis and rigour in qualitative research. Theoretical approaches including Grounded Theory, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Narrative Inquiry. Biostatistics Research Groups - By invitation onlyThe below research groups run out of the BHI advisory servicePsychometrics, Prediction Modelling, Statistical Learning groups  *This service has limited resources and is only available to staff and students +# based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience KCL. During busy periods you may have to wait 2-3 weeks for an appointment, and that we are unable to provide last-minute assistance. # MSc Students are limited to two 30 min appointments for the academic year. + PhD/Staff are limited to three 30 min appointments a year,  Additional appointments may be allowed at the discretion of the statistician supporting your research. BHI Executive Education Programme A list of all courses are available here. Introducing our new PgCert Blended Distance Learning ProgrammePgCert Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics 2019/20The Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics PgCert has been created to deliver a skill set and knowledge base in “multimodal” and “big data” analysis techniques, which are a recognised scarcity within UK Life sciences. The course will apply to a broad spectrum of graduates preparing for a career in medical statistics and health informatics and professional methodologists and clinical researchers working in the private or public health sector who are interested in state-of-the-art technologies training from world-class experts. The course will prepare participants for the ever-growing need for a sound scientific approach to processing information and generating knowledge in modern health services. Practical skills will be taught through applications to real-life settings in a world-leading research institution in mental health.Options to upgrade to a full MSc in 2020/21.https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/applied-statistical-modelling-health-informatics.aspx Online resourcesBiomedical Research Centre have various courses, a list of which are available here.  Below are links to recorded presentations from the 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival (2nd-5th July 2012, Oxford): What is analytic induction? What are cohort studies? What are community studies? What is discourse analysis? What are electronic data collection methods? What is event history analysis? What is geosimulation? What is multilevel modelling? What is multimodality? What is narrative interviewing? What is online research? What is propensity score matching? What is the regression discontinuity approach? What is social network analysis?  

Reviews

  • Topher Hübel
    Great service
    5
    Very helpful and super friendly! Thanks, Deborah!
  • lola fawzi
    Very helpful
    5
    I gained a lot of understanding and am really glad that this service do exist Thank you so much George !
  • Russell Leung
    Excellent!
    5
    I always receive valuable help from Ewan Carr, patiently breaking down complex statistical data, so I can get a better understanding of how to interpret the information.
  • Sagar Jilka
    dr
    5
    Silia was excellent as always. I use the advisory service regularly and always find it helpful. It's quick, easy and effective. 10/10 every time.
  • Burcu Kuter
    Biostats help
    5
    Ewan Carr: Great help, very clear, patient, thoughtful, informative and also helps with direction. I'd definitely visit him again!
  • Katie East
    Great, thanks!
    5
    Clear and specific advice provided. Thank you.
  • Vinuri Semini
    Helpdesk MSc advice
    5
    I found the 30min biostats advice session really useful. My concern was presenting the tables following SPSS outputs having several tables. Following the session I have a better idea how better to present the results in my write-up. Thank you Dr Ewan Carr
  • Viviana Lucía Aya Gómez
    Ewan Carr
    5
    Excelent! It was very helpful.
  • Russell Leung
    Helpful
    5
    The statistician patiently advised me potential ways to conduct anaylsis, even though he only knew generic information about my project. Was willing to go over the allocated time several times without any complaints. I gained a better understanding after these sessions
  • Vinuri Semini
    Statistics advice 01-05-2018
    5
    I received excellent guidance during the 30-min session today with Ewan Carr. My questions were for dissertation research project I am currently completing for MSc Mentel health studies programme. I was introduced to an alternative method that would address the hypothesis I am working on and understand the need for careful interpretation of odds ratios. Though I am yet to fully understand which method is most appropriate, I am now able to explore several options.
  • Bethan Dalton
    Great service
    5
    John was extremely helpful and made it easy to understand.
  • Bethan Dalton
    Great service
    5
    John was extremely helpful and made it easy to understand.
  • Monica Leslie
    Very helpful
    5
    I really appreciate John's ability to find simple solutions to achieve the analyses we need to do. Much appreciated!
  • Guy Fred
    Stats session with Silia Vitoratou
    5
    Silia was very friendly and gave some very helpful and practical advice. I would highly recommend!
  • Tabita Zorbaz
    Excellent help
    5
    The time is quite short for a deep discussion but it was a really useful help. Silia explains very good
  • Daniel Martins
    Evaluation
    4
    Excellent advice. The time is quite short for a deep discussion.
  • Guy Fred
    Dr.
    5
    Silia was brilliant, really approachable and gave lots of invaluable advice
  • Coman Andrea
    Best student service
    5
    Excellent help! I am very grateful!
  • Ashanti O'Connell
    Dr Ashanti O'CONNELL
    5
    The service was excellent. Zahra Abdulla was very helpful, patient and focused. I am grateful to her and the statisical service at KCL
  • Monica Leslie
    Ms
    5
    Definitely helped me to clarify how to neatly handle the full complexity of my analysis.
  • Christoph Mueller
    Very helpful
    5
    Thank you
  • Sarah Atayero
    No show
    1
    I was looking forward to getting to talk through my statistical issues one-on-one as I find the larger research methods classes quite intimidating, however my advisor never showed. Won't be using this service again or recommending it to other students.
  • Vici Ashburner
    Stats help
    4
    Help from the statistician himself (John) was very useful. Although it was incredibly stressful trying to arrange an appointment particularly with IOPPN security refusing me access to the room!
  • Gursimran Thandi
    Very helpful!
    4
    Thank you George for talking through the techniques for imputing missing data on Likert scales. Really easy to book an appointment.
  • Flo Mowlem
    Helpful :)
    4
    Very useful to have someone to talk through stats issues with. I think that 30 minute appointments are a bit too short though, at least 45 minutes would have been much better.
  • Yan Liu
    Appointment with John
    5
    John identified the key problems in my statistical tests and recommended me new methods to deal with it, the session was really useful. It would be more helpful if I can ask follow up questions by email because it is one or two week's wait while some questions can be answered in a few minutes and can save me a lot of time from doing something in a wrong way.
  • Carolyn Hodgman
    Carolyn's Feedback
    5
    Really helpful sessions. Thanks! Would recommend it to students and staff alike.
  • Emma Wp
    Very helpful
    5
    Very helpful consultation - thank you
  • Yan Liu
    Excellent Experience
    5
    I've solved the problem that has been delayed for a few months because I was waiting for my supervisor to do the modeling for me in R, but it never gets done. But the 40 minutes advisory solved it all and now I can do it myself. I really appreciate the professional help from Victoria Harris.

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