Course 1: Deciphering the Literature of Clinical Research
Course 1 in this programme has two main goals. First, to provide the learner with an overview of the basic concepts most commonly used in medical literature and clinical research. Second, to provide a forum for health care professionals to acquire the basic skills needed to perform clinical research studies.
- Measurements in Clinical Research
- Sample Size Estimation
- Establishing Cause
- Study Designs
- Clinical Trials
Course 2: Deciphering Statistical Methods
Healthcare professionals and medical students need to be able to critically assess statistical method sections in journal publications in order to evaluate study conclusions. Furthermore, clinicians may want to perform their own statistical analyses and/or may wish to have a meaningful conversation with biostatisticians. All of this requires knowledge and skills of basic statistical analyses. Course 2 in this program aims to provide the healthcare professional with an understanding of statistical concepts and principles most commonly used in clinical research.
- Confidence Intervals
- Statistical Significance
- Multiple Comparisons
- Statistical Tests
- Regression Analyses
- Additional Tests
Course 3: Clinical Research Principles
Courses 1 and 2 provided the learner with didactic background to critically decipher the clinical research literature and the basic statistical concepts used in clinical research. Course 3 will provide the healthcare professional with the skills to formulate a competitive research proposal and to successfully publish the study result. The main focus is on discussion of the key elements of a research study proposal. A general review of study design and more specifically on the design of clinical trials is also included. The last part of Course 3 focuses on writing a scientific research paper and presenting research results.
- The Research Proposal
- Review of General Study Designs
- Study Designs – Clinical and Randomised Clinical Trials
- Result Dissemination