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Advanced Epidemiology

Level:
Advanced
Area:
Medical Science
Code:
MSA1
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
Experienced writers with basic knowledge of descriptive statistics. Participants are strongly recommended to take the “Basics of Epidemiology for Medical Communicators” workshop before enrolling in the advanced workshop.
Objective:
This workshop is designed for experienced medical writers. The underlying principle is that medical communicators have a key gatekeeper’s role in ensuring correct interpretation of medical findings. Participants will be provided with advanced data interpretation insights according to epidemiological concepts. Focus is on the critical appraisal of reported medical findings and the application of epidemiological tenets to improve their own writing. Commonly used measures of association including relative risk and odds ratios as well as research designs and causality development will be discussed. Contemporary examples from clinical medicine, public health and pharmacoepidemiology will be used in class format combining lectures with group exercises. The main objectives are: • Provide advanced data interpretation insights based on epidemiological principles • Apply a checklist (STROBE) useful for the critical appraisal of medical communications and for sprucing up medical writing skills
Content:
Three major topics will be covered: • Basic measures of association • Overview of “good” research design characteristics and common research designs used in epidemiology - pros and cons • Association and causation - making sense of a confounding couple