Biometrics departments have in the last few years been split up into individual specialisms including activities such as clinical data managements, medical dictionary coding, biostatistics and SAS and clinical programming.

Each role plays a vital function in the analysis of clinical research data.  For example, in Clinical Data Management, Data Managers are responsible for making sure that the data collected in a trial is accurate and complete.

The role has changed over the years and what was once data entry and checking has now become much more project management focussed,  often coordinating teams of data managers across continents and time zones requiring not only a great eye for detail but also strong communication skills and on ability to meet deadlines

The Biostatistics teams will apply statistical assessment tools to help plan clinical trials, providing valuable input into study design such as sample size and data collection methodology as well as final and on-going analysis to help identify if a study has been statistically proven. Biostatisticians can also get involved in the analysis of efficacy and safety data.

Within the programming team, a SAS programmer will provide statistical programming support for the statisticians and statistical programming expertise for the company.

They will write programs to create statistical tables, listings, and graphs and will often work closely with both Clinical Data Managers and Biostatisticians.

Take a look at our real-life experiences of working with biometrics:

A day in the life of a biostatistician

An interview with a SAS Programmer

An interview with a Clinical Data Manager