Biostatistics, Programming, and Research Database Services
Biostatisticians, programmers, and database developers support a diverse array of research projects at the Department of Research & Evaluation, including epidemiologic investigations, behavioral health research, and health services research. They also support clinician researchers based at Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s medical centers.
Managers work with principal investigators to assign individual staff to projects based on their skill set and experience. This model promotes a collaborative culture among staff and encourages continual learning through exposure to a variety of research projects. It also provides more agile staffing for research projects.
The team includes more than two dozen biostatisticians and nearly 30 programmers and database developers. Areas of specialized expertise include natural language processing and research application development. The group also provides consultation services and assists with study design.
BIOSTATISTICS AND DATABASE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
The Biostatistics and Database Development Unit provides the following services to researchers in the Research & Evaluation (R&E) and throughout Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC)
- Consultation on study design and choices/application of statistical methods.
- Power and sample size calculation.
- Programming and data management.
- Data analysis using statistical software and interpretation of results.
- Assistance in manuscript preparation for publication.
- Consultation on Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) electronic data systems and data quality related issues.
Our services are available to all employees of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC). For unfunded research projects we will provide up to 100 hours of free analytical service. For externally or internally funded research projects, including studies funded by the Regional Research Committee (RRC), there is a charge for our services. We encourage all researchers to contact our department prior to submitting their projects to the IRB or the RRC so that an initial consultation (free of charge) can be done with regards to the study design and analysis plan, as well as the scope of the project.