What you'll learn

  • Critically evaluate empirical research
  • Identify critical components and potential pitfalls of research designs
  • Determine the appropriate research design for a given research question

Course description

This HMS CME Online course is targeted to providers and researchers in all areas of health care with the primary goal of providing participants with the tools necessary to be critical consumers of research and (if desired) begin to design their own research.

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Course outline

  • Research Methods 101 for the Provider: A Guide to Critical Research Consumption is organized as follows:

    Case 1: Vaccine Skepticism
    Introduction
    MMR-Autism Link

    Case 2: I Found It on the Web
    Introduction
    Cited Article
    Problems with the Cited Journal
    Researching Sources
    Research Tips and Strategies
    Summary

    Case 3: Just DUIt
    Introduction
    Self-Report Biases
    Measurement Validity
    Sampling Bias
    Pretest, Posttest, and Observation
    Conducting an Experiment
    Summary

    Case 4: Gambling with Your Design
    Introduction
    More on Sampling
    Back to Gambling
    Cross-Sectional, Multi-Wave Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Design
    Sampling Problems
    Summary

    Case 5: Miracle Diet
    Introduction
    Types of Effects
    Summary

    Case 6: Worried About Starting Your Own Study?
    Introduction
    More on Study Design
    Steps in the Study Process
    Funding Your Study
    Summary

    CME Posttest

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