Research Methodology Training

Chair: Claudia Witt (contact: claudia.witt@charite.de)

ISCMR co-organizes research methodology trainings. The aim is to provide a platform for high quality research methodology training run by different highly experienced experts. The ISCMR Research Methodology Training for Complementary and Integrative Medicine consists of different modules and offers high quality hands-on research methodology training. Current courses you will find under events. If you are interested to organize a course please contact the respective module coordinator.

Research training modules

Module BSBS (basic study design and basic statistics)

A four day course
Coordinators:
Claudia Witt (claudia.witt(at)charite.de) Klaus Linde (klaus.linde(at)lrz.tu-muenchen.de)
Further approved teachers:
Benno Brinkhaus (benno.brinkhaus(at)charite.de), Germany
Bacon Fung Leung NG, Hongkong, China (ngfl@ha.org.hk)
Francesco Cardini, Italy (cardinif@internetstudio3.it)

background information
course text book
Events

This module teaches the following subjects:

  • Study designs: randomized controlled trials, observational trials, single-case studies, economic research, meta-analyses
  • Specific methodological issues: selection, randomization, choise of controls, blinding, and outcome measurement
  • Study planning
  • Study management
  • Collecting and entering data
  • Statistics: descriptive and inferential statistics, sample size calculation

Learning targets:
After the course participants should

  • know which types of studies are best suited to which research question and be able to design a study on efficacy and effectiveness
  • taking into account specific problems in CAM
  • understand the statistical findings of clinical studies and be able to perform simple sample-size calculation and basic statistical analyses
  • have basic knowledge of a variety of study designs

Previous courses
Potsdam, Germany International Summer School 2011

 Delhi, India Winter School 2012

Baltimore, MD, USA, International Spring School

Current courses
Baltimore, MD, USA, international Spring School

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

A two day course
Coordinators:
Eric Manheimer (eric.manheimer(at)compmed.umm.edu) and Susan Wieland

EventsThis modules teaches the following subjects:

  • Evidence-based medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • The Cochrane CAM Fields, and the Cochrane CAM reviews evidence base
  • Overview of the steps in conducting a Cochrane-style systematic review
  • Basics of meta-analysis: extracting and entering data and interpreting the results
  • Specific methodological issues in conducting systematic reviews on CAM therapies.

Learning targets:

  • know the sequence of steps involved in preparing a Cochrane-style systematic review
  • have experience in extracting and analyzing data, and interpreting results of meta-analyses
  • know the challenges commonly encountered in preparing systematic reviews on CAM therapies, and understand methods to handle these challenges

Previous course
Baltimore, MD, USA International Spring School
Flyer 2012

Current course
Baltimore, MD, USA International Spring School
Flyer 2013

Designing Pragmatic Trials for Comparative Effectiveness Research

One day course
Coordinator:
Claudia Witt (claudia.witt@charite.de)

This module teaches the following subjects:

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • PRECIS and the efficacy effectiveness continuum
  • Designing a Pragmatic Trial

Learning targets:
After the course participants should:

  • know the main aspects of Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • be aware of the efficacy-effectiveness continuum in clinical research
  • have basic knowledge in the design of pragmatic trials for CER

Previous course
Baltimore, MD, USA, International Spring School
Flyer 2012

Current course
Baltimore, MD, USA, International Spring School
Flyer 2013