ERS School Course on Methods in Clinical Research: ERS/ATS Joint Course, Prague 2005

Target audience
  • Clinicians
  • Trainees
  • Faculty at all levels who would like to improve their skills in clinical research
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Educational aims
  • To describe study designs for clinical and epidemiological research,
  • To describe, using examples, the strengths and weaknesses of the different designs
  • To describe the process of protocol development
  • To provide the opportunity for students to develop a brief protocol, in small groups, during the course
  • To review, with practicums, clinical concepts such as reproducibility, validity, interpretation of clinical tests
  • To review the "tools" in the clinical researchers "toolbox", such as questionnaires, spirometry, chest radiographs etc
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How research can inform clinical decisions and public health
F. D. Martinez (Tucson, United States of America)
 [+]  Slide presentation Webcast Overview of study design: strengths & weaknesses of each design
P. Burney (London, United Kingdom)
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 [+]  Slide presentation Elements of a research protocol
J. Krishnan (Baltimore, United States of America)
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Introduction to basic statistical methods
G. Diette (Baltimore, United States of America)
 [+]  Slide presentation Pitfalls of research: bias & confounding
J. Krishnan (Baltimore, United States of America)
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Measurement on epidemiology
P. Burney (London, United Kingdom)
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Tools in the researcher’s toolbox: sampling
J. Garcia Aymerich (Barcelona, Spain)
 [+]  Slide presentation Tools in the researcher’s toolbox: spirometry
S. Buist (Portland, Or, United States of America)
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Practicum in using the tools (eg variability in spirometry)
F. D. Martinez (Tucson, United States of America)
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10 Practicum in using the tools (bias introduced by sampling, non-response, etc)
J. Krishnan (Baltimore, United States of America), J. Garcia Aymerich (Barcelona, Spain)
 [+]  Slide presentation 11 Tools of clinical research
J. Garcia Aymerich (Barcelona, Spain)
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 [+]  Slide presentation Webcast 12 Practicum on clinical tests (intra- & inter-reader variability)
P. Burney (London, United Kingdom), P. Bakke (Bergen, Norway)
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13 Statistics 2
G. Diette (Baltimore, United States of America)
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14 How to read the literature
F. D. Martinez (Tucson, United States of America)
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15 Statistics 3
G. Diette (Baltimore, United States of America)
 [+]  Slide presentation 16 Integration of research into a clinician’s life
P. Bakke (Bergen, Norway)
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