Diagnostic studies: methods and critical appraisal - workshop

Organisation: 
Royal College of Physicians
Subject: 
Research methods
Course outline: 

The ‘Introduction to critical appraisal’ workshop is an intensive 1-day workshop that will teach participants how to critically appraise published research, a key skill for everyone involved in research.

Delivered using presentations and exercises, the workshop will take participants through the different types of study design, relative and absolute measures of effect, and the process of critical appraisal, including an extensive risk of bias assessment.

What will you learn?

The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to diagnostic accuracy studies
  • Characteristics of different diagnostic study designs
  • A summary of how diagnostic studies differ from prognostic risk factor and prognostic risk tool studies
  • Measures of diagnostic accuracy, such as sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value and receiver operating characteristic (ROC)/area under the curve (AUC)
  • Assessment of the risk of bias of published diagnostic accuracy studies
  • An introduction to test-and-treat trials (‘diagnostic RCTs’)

Interactive examples will help participants strengthen new skills and put them into practice

Aims

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • understand the principles of diagnostic test accuracy studies
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of different diagnostic accuracy study designs
  • appraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology
  • be familiar with measures of diagnostic accuracy, such as sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value and receiver operating characteristic (ROC)/area under the curve (AUC)
  • understand the difference between diagnostic test accuracy studies, test-and-treat studies, and prognostic studies

Who should apply?

The course is aimed at:

  • all levels and grades of doctor
  • medical students
  • nurses and midwives
  • pharmacists
  • allied health professionals
  • researchers
  • methodologists
  • people involved in quality improvement (for example trust clinical audit teams)
  • people involved in making healthcare decisions (for example Clinical Comission Groups/ Commissioning Support Units
Type of training: 
Intensive 1-day workshop
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
Language: 
English
City: 
London
Location: 
United Kingdom
Cost: 
Paid
Last updated: 
13/07/2017