TMERG Seminar 4: Dr Catalin Tufanaru: Beyond Hypothesis & Significance Testing in Health Research


Date: Friday 12 May 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: School of Education, SMaRTe Room, Level 8, Nexus Building, 10 Pulteney Street.

The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the field of measurement and evaluation across a number of Schools and Disciplines. Colleagues and postgraduate students (doctoral and master’s) in your School/Research Centres are invited to a seminars titled

SEMINAR 4: Beyond hypothesis and significance testing in health research
SPEAKER: Dr Catalin Tufanaru:
M.D., MPH, MClinSci (EBHC). PhD, Research Associate at Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide. Contact & Research


Significance testing (the Fisherian approach) and hypothesis testing (the Neyman-Pearson approach) are commonly used in health research, usually as a confusing amalgam of these two distinct approaches, and most users of these statistical  tools are not aware of their historical origins, philosophical assumptions, correct application and limitations.


Dr Catalin Tufanaru is a Research Associate at the JBI, University of Adelaide. Catalin is the Academic Lead of the JBI Mental Health Node (MHN), a research program for evidence-based health care (EBHC) in mental health. The resources developed within this research program are distributed by Wolters Kluwer OVID and used in more than 90 countries. In the last six years, Catalin was involved in teaching research methodology and statistics in a graduate program at University of Adelaide, the Master of Clinical Science in EBHC. Catalin is an Associate Investigator at NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE), and a Research Affiliate at The Critical and Ethical Mental Health (CEMH) Research Group, the Robinson Research Institute, the University of Adelaide. He is Involved in the RIAT (Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials) initiative. Catalin is the author of five books in fields such as health promotion and health education, social marketing, health policy analysis, systematic reviews of economic  evidence, and statistics for systematic reviews. Catalin is an accredited JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review (CSR) trainer and a peer reviewer for the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. He peer reviewed more than 150 systematic review protocols and reports

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