11-CriticallyReadingEpidStudies

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3/29/2011 1 Critically reading epidemiologic studies Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPID600) Victor J. Schoenbach, PhD home page Department of Epidemiology Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill www.unc.edu/epid600/ Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 2 Outline Reading and writing Objectives, focus Epidemiologic literacy Steps in reading Organization of a journal article Application to an epidemiologic study Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 3 Reading and writing Various guides and books on critically reading epidemiologic studies Better reader better writer Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 4 Objectives, focus Read/critique according to your objectives Quick assessment of a reference Systematic review of literature Deep reading of an important article Dissecting a study (e.g., exam article) A full evaluation requires considerable subject matter knowledge. Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 5 Epidemiologic literacy The expectation for this course 1. Understand concepts, methods, and basic knowledge we’ve covered 2. Ability to extend that through reading 3. Reason and apply logic about concepts, methods, and basic knowledge 4. Differentiate based on importance Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 6 Steps in reading Expect to read article more than once (quickly, slowly, on exercise bicycle) Read for big picture, read for details Look up references Try calculations Be prepared for irregularities Obtain consultation (except for an exam) Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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3/29/2011 7 Organization of a journal article Abstract – all that most people will see Introduction – why read this article Methods – what was done Results – what was found Discussion – what it means References – the foundation for the study Tables and figures – ideally stand on own Critically reading epidemiologic studies
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8 Application to an epidemiologic study Study objective: Describe and measure?
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