Application and interpretation of Public Data-QUESTION-TOPIC 8 DQ 1
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QUESTION-TOPIC 8 DQ 1 “Statistics is an important component of public health. Explain the relevance of statistics in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a health promotion intervention. How do you envision using statistics in your current or future career?” After completing the course, how has your vision changed regarding the role statistics will have in your current or future career?
Statistics in Public Health
Statistics is essential in managing public health data, especially in a critical issue that affects a large population. They are used to evaluate research data and find out if there is any association between groups. Researchers use different statistical methods to ensure effective findings and desirable outcomes. Statistics impact public health in that data is analyzed critically by testing the hypothesis (Rodrigues et al., 2017).
Importance in Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Statistics articulate an impact in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of health promotion interventions. For example, several healthcare facilities have developed various health promotion interventions to promote quality healthcare in public health. In addition, public health areas such as community health have implemented programs that have helped prevent outbreaks and diseases that affect the population. Therefore, health practitioners need to ensure that appropriate use of statistics will help in reducing many causalities.
Statistics have a beneficial impact on the planning process of the health promotion intervention. For instance, the hypothetical statement is derived, and questions. This can only be possible through testing the hypothesis. The results will lead the flow of the study. Thus an error in testing can affect the findings of the study. Implementing health promotion interventions will require statistics, especially determining the number of participants and the appropriate methodologies to apply (Clarke et al., 2019). Evaluation of data in a study entails focusing on all the study aspects and presenting empirical data. For instance, assessing the number of those infected with the covid-19 virus will require health practitioners to use effective methodologies to interpret, analyze and present empirical data.
Based on my knowledge and skills of statistics in public health, I will study epidemiology and relate it to finding the prevalence and transmission rate of an outbreak in the future. Finding the number of those infected, especially in the community, will help develop appropriate and effective approaches to managing the occurrence. In addition, the role of statistics will enable me to analyze and summarize the patients’ diagnose and treatments based on their data, thus providing quality healthcare. Knowledge in statistics role has enabled me to understand the importance of using the appropriate statistical methods in collecting proficient data.
Clarke, G. M., Conti, S., Wolters, A. T., & Steventon, A. (2019). Evaluating the impact of healthcare interventions using routine data. bmj, 365. https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2239.full
Rodrigues, C. F. D. S., Lima, F. J. C. D., & Barbosa, F. T. (2017). Importance of using basic statistics adequately in clinical research☆. Revista brasileira de anestesiologia, 67, 619-625.https://www.scielo.br/j/rba/a/N5PgBCrzhDkfRbX8QXsctHx/?lang=en&format=html