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Effective Reporting of Scales, Questionnaires and VAS

Level:
Advanced
Area:
Professional Techniques
Code:
PTA10
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop addresses writers dealing with or interested in areas of clinical research, such as psychiatry, pain, quality of life, or health outcomes, where “soft” endpoints are often used to assess treatments. Participants should have at least 1 year of medical writing experience and should already have written a study report or a manuscript based on the results of clinical studies.
Objective:
This workshop explains the use of assessments in treatment outcomes that cannot easily be measured objectively. Typical examples are patient or physician questionnaires and visual analogue scales. These are often used in psychiatry, pain studies, or quality of life research where objective measurements are not possible or difficult. The reporting of these “soft endpoints” has some pitfalls, often providing a huge amount of data that is difficult to analyze and interpret. Given the growing importance of psychiatry and quality of life research, scales and questionnaires are becoming more and more important for medical writers.
Content:
Why are “soft endpoints” used in clinical research? What are typical examples of questionnaires? How should the measurements be selected (validation, generic vs. specific measures, acceptance)? How can results be evaluated and interpreted, including calculation of scores and subscores, and frequently used statistical analyses? How can results be communicated effectively without overwhelming the reader by the sheer amount of data? What needs to be taken into account when interpreting and discussing the results of questionnaires?