Session 7 (2-Day): EBM Skills Practice: Learning to Interpret Associations Reported in Observational Studies
In the era of “big data” and large observational trials, headline news are replete with findings linking a host of exposures from Aspirin to Zumba to various disease states. This workshop provides a scientific framework and tools for clinicians to evaluate the associations reported in observational studies. Participants will learn a systematic approach for critically appraising cohort studies by making reasoned inferences about observed findings in a selection of recent controversial papers. This interactive hands-on group learning experience is designed to extend the knowledge and skills of educators and clinicians in medical schools, residency programs, or clinical practice who wish to improve their skills as practitioners and teachers of evidence-based care. Participants should bring a laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability and a calculator for doing very simple math.
Thursday Characteristics of randomized and nonrandomized trials; Sources of bias in observational studies; The GRADE system; Stating the results of observational studies with accuracy; GRADE system to rate the quality of evidence
Friday Critical appraisal of cohort studies; Causation from observations of association; Spotting bias; Detecting chance findings; Probability of a true cause-and-effect relationship; EBM teaching resources
Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 8 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.
Please note: A $2.50 processing fee is assessed for all electronic registrations.
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Identify and describe strengths and limitations of randomized vs. nonrandomized observational study designs
(2) Explain how prognostic imbalance and missing internal controls can increase the risk of bias in observational studies
(3) Recognize threats to validity in published cohort studies and use the GRADE system to rate the quality of the evidence
(4) Describe four rival explanations for an observed association in an observational study
All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- 8.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 8.00 APAAPA credit.
- 8.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
- 15.00 PAPA credit.