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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Statistics and methodology

SCTO Statistics and Methodology Platform
Platform Coordinator

Brigitta Gahl, University of Bern, CTU Bern

Statistics and methodology in brief

In every kind of research, the quality of results depends on the rigour and precision of the statistics and methodology forming its underlying scaffolding. In clinical research, such rigour means applying appropriate statistical and mathematical methods and principles to medical data, in order to derive numerical (quantitative) answers to the original questions posed by the study.

To support their fellow researchers, statisticians translate the given scientific study question into one that can be answered quantitatively. Then they convey the result of the calculations from numbers back into the words of medical terms. Effectively, statisticians serve as translators between the two scientific systems, medicine and mathematics, communicating between study questions, statistical modelling, and clinical findings, using the languages of numbers and medical terminology.

Would you like to know how the experts in the Statistics and Methodology  Platform are channeling their efforts? For more information, consult the fact sheet below.