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Module 3

Epidemiologic studies

Training course in research methodology, research protocol development and scientific writing 2023

September 20, 2023 - Geneva

A. Required readings

B. Assignment

Complete and submit the short paperwork assignment.

Additional online resources

Randomized controlled trial

  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    A database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research)
    An international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. The website has links to reporting guidelines for main study types including the CONSORT checklists and E&E documents.
    CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) covers various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to lessen the problems resulting from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials. It produced the CONSORT Statement, an evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting randomized trials.
  • The SPIRIT Statement
    It provides evidence-based guidance on key issues to address in a protocol in order to facilitate the drafting of protocols and improve their completeness.
  • Trials
    Covers all aspects of the performance and findings of randomized controlled trials in health. Publishes articles on general trial methodology and research into trial processes, in addition to study protocols and statistical analysis plans for randomized controlled trials, commentaries and traditional results papers.
    The WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform has a mission to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making, to improve research transparency and to ultimately strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base.

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