Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
COUTUREJUZON GONZALEZ, Lourdes and COLUMBIE PILETA, Miday. Impact of biostatistics on the faculty in charge of this specialty and on the Cuban public health care, 1974-2000. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662009000100012.
Objective To evaluate the impact of Biostatistics on the faculty in charge of this specialty and on the Cuban public health. Methods A retrospective and descriptive study was conducted. Two personal interviews models were designed to gather information; one aimed at professors in this specialty and the other aimed at experts in the public health area. The suitability of both models was submitted to the expert criteria. Gathered information was manually processed on the basis of a contents analysis. Results The professors stated that being part of the faculty in charge of this specialty is one of the most important sources for their formation and development since this forces them to keep a high level of scientific, technological and teaching preparation as well as the improvement of their performance as both researchers and educators. On the other hand, the experts pointed out that the impact of this specialty on the public health in Cuba is expressed in the quality of the statistical information provided at all levels of the national health care system, in the increased quality of research works carried out and scientific events held in this sector, in the improved performance of other health professionals as researchers and professors, in the creation of the Academic Commission and the National Group of this specialty and also in the holding of scientific events in this field. Conclusions Biostatistics specialty had a positive impact on the explored spheres.
Keywords : Educational impact; educational assessment; impact assessment; biostatistics specialty.