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Research Methods Seminar Series

​The Research Methods Seminar Series is a series of courses directed toward fellows, junior fa​culty, and more senior faculty interested in conducting Outcomes Research. Course material introduces methodological concepts in Outcomes Research with a focus on application in an academic or clinical setting.


 Level 2, Module 1: Longitudinal Data and Analytic Approaches


1. Introduce COR and second COR methods seminar series

2. Describe examples of US longitudinal data sets commonly used in children's outcomes research

3. Understand analytic considerations for longitudinal samples
  • Overview of analytic approaches for repeated measures
  • Unique considerations for survey design and weights

 Module 1: Introduction to Outcomes Research



1. Describe the characteristics of outcomes research

2. Differentiate outcomes research from biomedical, clinical, and research

3. Be familiar with the components of conducting outcomes research (e.g., conceptualization, study design, sampling, data analysis, etc.)

4. Appreciate the professional development required to conduct each component of outcomes research well


 Module 2: Writing an Outcomes Research Study Question



1. Describe the process of identifying potential research topics

2. Understand the characteristics of a research hypothesis

3. Write a clinically relevant, testable, generalizable research question related to your clinical area of expertise


 Module 3: Overview of Study Designs in Outcomes Research



1. Summarize major considerations in choosing a study design

2. Compare different study design characteristics and recognize the relative strengths and limitations of each

3. Apply study design considerations to your study question


 Module 4: Introduction to Secondary Data Sources in Outcomes Research



1. Become familiar with major national secondary data sources and local administrative and clinical databases in children's outcomes research

2. Compare the relative strengths and limitations of secondary databases

3. Understand the ethical and administrative components of a research study using secondary databases


 Module 5: Overview of Statistical Analyses in Outcomes Research



1. Become familiar with common statistical methods used in outcomes research

2. Understand the influence and sources of bias in outcomes research

3. Create table shells for descriptive stats, bi-variable, and multivariable analyses related to your study question


 Module 6: Introduction to Publishing Outcomes Research



1. Identify channels for disseminating your research, including the      selection of appropriate clinical journals that publish outcomes research

2. Describe components of successful manuscripts

3. Appreciate the professional development required to scientifically disseminate outcomes research