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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9
Notes from the module editor

Department of Dermatology, KPC Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication15-Jan-2016

Correspondence Address:
Saumya Panda
Department of Dermatology, KPC Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.173979

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We are commencing a 10-part module on "Biostatistics and Research Methodology for the Dermatologist" in this issue. The methodology or designing part of the module will be authored by Dr. Maninder Singh Setia, a dermatologist turned epidemiologist of repute. The analysis or biostatistics part is written by Avijit Hazra and Nithya Gogte, both Professors of Pharmacology and experts in medical statistics.

The first part of the module contains "Basics of Biostatistics" and "Cohort Studies." In subsequent parts, the methodology section of the module will deal with case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, interventional studies, sampling strategy, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, other study designs (ecologic studies/natural experiments, etc.,), designing questionnaires/clinical record forms, validity/reliability of questionnaire designing, and qualitative health research. In biostatistics, future modules will discuss hypothesis testing, comparing groups with numerical variables and categorical variables, determining sample size, correlation and linear regression, the statistics of diagnostic tests, assessing risk, survival analysis, and some multivariate methods.

With this module, the Indian Journal of Dermatology is again breaking new ground among biomedical journals. Such an exhaustive and sustained discussion on research design and analysis is an exceptional event among these journals, not to speak of the journals specifically belonging to dermatology.

We had planned this module as part of our agenda to ensure the qualitative improvement of clinical research that take place in this country and thereafter get published in our journals. It is our ardent hope that this module will go a long way in being one of the catalysts of high-quality clinical research activity in our country, and elsewhere.

It has given me great pleasure in planning and curating this module in collaboration with a small band of brilliant contributors. I wish to place on record invaluable help in editing rendered by Prof Debabrata Bandyopadhyay, Professor & Head, Department of Dermatology, Calcutta Medical College, through his pertinent suggestions and insightful remarks that have enhanced the quality of the module. I can only hope that the readers will find this effort worthwhile. If that happens, we can be very much optimistic about the future of the quality of original research in our dermatology journals.


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