2020 — Building Successful Collaborations: A Guide to Collaboration Between Principal Investigators and Statisticians
McCarren M, Hines VA; Goldman S, Tucson VA; Stone R, Pittsburgh VA;
The objective is to discuss the key components of successful scientific collaborations between PIs and statisticians. The overall goal is to raise awareness of the ways in which these collaborations can increase the efficiency, productivity, and quality of health services research.
Workshop participants will be invited to briefly share information about types of studies they are working on/planning and availability/types of statistical collaborations at their center. They will also be invited to describe a collaborative experience with a statistician, highlighting aspects that were particularly challenging and/or rewarding. Presenters will provide three general perspectives, along with activities to stimulate discussion. Roslyn Stone, PhD, will provide a statistician’s perspective of the key statistical components of clinical research collaborations and the roles of the clinician and statistician in each of these components (e.g., articulation of specific aims, study design, data collection, and analysis plan). Steve Goldman, MD, will provide the perspective of the clinical investigator. The group will work through a case study, with participant input. Madeline McCarren, PhD, will then discuss the business aspect of collaboration, with a focus on time management, expectations of the outcome of the collaboration, including downstream use of the input, and financial support. A group exercise and wrap-up will follow. The three presenters have extensive and varied experience with statistical collaboration in VA settings (HSR&D, CSP, DoD, NIH, and other funding). Roslyn Stone (Co-Chief of the Biostatistics and Informatics Core at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in Pittsburgh) has collaborated on observational studies and clinical trials in clinical medicine, epidemiology, medication safety, and health services research. Steve Goldman (Chief of Cardiology, SAVAHCS) has collaborated with a variety of statisticians in different settings (CSP coordinating centers and independent statisticians). Madeline McCarren (biostatistician at Pharmacy Benefits Management) has provided statistical support as both an independent consultant and in a staff/study statistician capacity. She has also been a study chair (CSP) and PI (HSR&D Hines COE).
Intended for researchers either desiring to provide or with anticipated need for statistical collaboration. Junior investigators would especially benefit.
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