Medical Statistics

Medical statistics is a major area of statistical endeavour, and has had a considerable influence on clinical medicine and public health through applications, for instance, to the design and analysis of clinical trials and the epidemiology of chronic and infectious diseases.

The purpose of this Research Group is to foster further research into the theory and application of methodology to medical statistics, to encourage collaboration between its members and to establish the OU’s Department of Statistics as a centre for medical statistics research.

Some examples of medical statistics research carried out by members of the group are:

  • Allowing for learning when assessing new health technologies
  • Allowing for recall bias in the analysis of case-control studies
  • Case-only study designs in epidemiology
  • Estimation of the reproduction number and other epidemiological parameters for infectious diseases
  • Evaluating and extending the self-controlled case series method
  • Inference for infectious diseases from multivariate serological survey data
  • Methodological development of syndromic and laboratory statistical surveillance systems
  • Multivariate meta-analysis
  • Statistical methods for evaluating the safety of vaccines and other drugs
  • Statistical methods for frailty models in survival analysis
  • Statistical methods for single-case studies in neuropsychology
  • Statistical methods for surveillance of mass vaccination programmes
  • Analysis of clinical trial data
  • Assessment of quality of life measures
  • Questionnaire design
  • Diagnostic test statistics
  • Surgical site infection analysis

Aims and Objectives

To stimulate and facilitate research into the theory and applications of medical statistical methods, with a view to establishing the OU’s Statistics Group as a centre for Medical Statistics.

For fuller details see the Self Controlled Case Series Method Website. 

Prof Paddy Farrington, Emeritus Professor
Dr Rachel Hilliam, Staff Tutor
Dr Angela Noufaily, Visiting Research Associate
Dr Karen Vines, Senior Lecturer
Dr Yonas Weldeselassie, Research Associate
Dr Heather Whitaker, Senior Lecturer
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