CHOP Open-access Medical Education: Clinical Research Methods Course Presentations

This seminar focuses on clinical research methods, and was delivered in Salzburg, Austria, from July 2-8, 2017. Lectures are listed in the order they were presented.

Analytic Study Designs

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the characteristics of case control and cohort study designs, unique strengths and limitations associated with each study design, and various sources of bias and their effects on results of studies.

Presenter: Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE

Qualitative Research Methods

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand an overview of qualitative theory and study design, discuss different processes of data collection, and design questions using several key principles.

Clinical Trials

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the design and objectives of a clinical trial, explain the life cycle of a clinical trial, and describe what is included in a study protocol.

Epidemiologic Measures of Association

At the end of this session, learners will be able to calculate four measures of association: risk rations, rate rations, odds rations, and prevalence ratios, interpret each of these measures of associations, and state the study designs that use each of these measures of association.

Introduction to Biostatistics

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the value of sampling, primary uses of linear regression and logistic regression, and choose appropriate graph types for various purposes.

Survey Design

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the background of surveys, literature reviews, specific aims, and defining target populations. In addition, the learner will be able to understand how to effectively create and execute a survey and understand common errors made.

Introduction to Data Management

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the steps required to prepare data for analysis and describe the best practices for primary data collection, data cleaning, data management, data documentation, and descriptive data analysis.

Research Ethics

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand responsible conduct of research, why human subjects research is important, the common rule of research, regulations of guidelines, informed consent, what the IRB is, publication ethics, and scientific dishonesty.

Presenting Your Research

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the pros and cons of slide making, the standard format for research presentations, and strategies for delivering a high-quality research presentation.

Novel Methods of Data Collection

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand methods to collect additional data from patients to enable new research, describe ways to administer questionnaires more efficiently, and opportunities to collect data using ecological momentary assessment.

Quality Improvement Research

At the end of this session, learners will be able to identify indications for a Quality Improvement (QI) project, define key differences between QI study designs and more traditional research designs, and describe at least one study design specific to QI studies.

Evaluating Diagnostic Tests

At the end of this session, learners will be able to define sensitivity and specificity, calculate sensitivity and specificity, define and calculate negative and positive predictive values, and apply a likelihood ratio to a clinical scenario.

Making Prognostic Decisions

At the end of this session, learners will be able to describe clinical decision rules, how to critically evaluate a clinical decision rule, and how to apply and use a clinical decision rule.

Presenter: Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE

How to Conduct a Literature Review

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the need for and goals of conducting a literature review, describe the various resources available to conduct a literature review, and create, organize and maintain a bibliographic database.

Reviewing Manuscripts

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand the need for and goals of reviewing a manuscript, describe the process of reviewing a manuscript, and recognize the qualities of well-conducted research.

Current Trends/Course Overview

At the end of this session, learners will be able to understand connections between various topics presented in the course, and describe the process of planning and conducting a clinical research study.

Presenter: Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE

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