Medical contexts in the teaching of Statistics to future medical graduates

  1. Ignacio González-Ruiz 1
  2. María José González López 1
  3. María Teresa González Astudillo 2
  1. 1 Universidad de Cantabria

    Universidad de Cantabria

    Santander, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


BEIO, Boletín de Estadística e Investigación Operativa

ISSN: 1889-3805

Year of publication: 2020

Volume: 36

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-75

Type: Article

More publications in: BEIO, Boletín de Estadística e Investigación Operativa


SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2020
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.108
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 169/183
  • Area: Management Science and Operations Research Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 219/255


  • Social Sciences: C

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2020
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.1
  • Area: Management Science and Operations Research Percentile: 2
  • Area: Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty Percentile: 1


In this paper we define the notion of medical-data context as the clinical situation that generates statistical data that, once analyzed by statistical techniques, provide useful information from a medical point of view. We particularize this definition to clinical situations associated with four specific processes of medical practice: diagnosis, treatment, prevention and prognosis of diseases. Thus, we identify and describe eleven medical-data contexts that are exemplified by tasks taken from Biostatistics manuals used in the Degree in Medicine studies in Spain. These contexts allow us to approach the teaching of statistics from a useful perspective for future doctors. © 2020 SEIO.

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