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Scientific reviews  prepared by the participants

Course of Research Methodology in Reproductive Health


May 2004

organised by

The East European Institute for Reproductive Health
The Targu-Mures University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Epidemiology
The Targu-Mures Center of Public Health
The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER)
The UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme for Research in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Family and Community Health Cluster, World Health Organization (WHO/RHR)
The International Association of Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH)

in collaboration with

The Department of Health of the Canton of Geneva
The Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University and
The Geneva Medical Association

Lectures Workshop
Module 1. Introduction  
Introduction to the course, presentation of institutions  
Evidence based medicine: the gap between evidence and practice  
Methodology of a research study  
Types of epidemiological studies  
Bibliographic research  
  Internet and Medline, bibliographic references and references management software
  EEIRH documentation centre – resources, utilization
  Computer essentials
  Using Powerpoint to prepare a presentation
Module 2. Epidemiological studies  
Descriptive studies  
Cohort studies  
Case-control studies  
Randomized controlled trials  
Field and community interventions and equivalence trials  
Studies of diagnostic strategies  
  Screening for breast and cervical cancers
  Data collection for a research study
Module 3. Strategies for data analysis  
Introduction to data analysis  
  Strategies for data analysis: cohort studies
  Strategies for data analysis: case-control studies
  Strategies for data analysis: RCT
  Strategies for data analysis: equivalence trials
Limitations of epidemiological studies  
Methodological issues in the measures of maternal morbidity/mortality  
Module 4. Qualitative research and operations research  
Introduction to qualitative research  
Qualitative research methods  
Sampling issues, setting standards and judging data in qualitative research  
  Strategies for data analysis in qualitative research
Introduction to operations research  
  Problems, strategies and interventions in operations research
Experimental design in operations research  
Quasi- and non-experimental designs in operations research  
Introduction to economic evaluation of health care  
Module 5. Research synthesis  
Research synthesis  
Critical appraisal of research reports  
Systematic reviews  
  Critical appraisal of a research paper
  Systematic review of a research topic
  The Cochrane Library
  The WHO Reproductive Health Library
  Data management in a research study
Module 6. Ethics and communication  
Ethical issues in research  
Good Clinical Practice in research on human subjects  
Gender and women's rights: implications for research  
The WHO Strategic Approach for improving the quality of care  
Communicating research results  
  How to write a scientific paper
  Preparing a presentation
  Tailoring charts to data presentation
  How to make a presentation
Research to policy gap  
  How to write a policy brief