Sunday, May 15, 2011

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: May 12, 2011

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: May 12, 2011

Present: Abby Crocker, Kairn Kelley, Amanda Kennedy, Rodger Kessler, Ben Littenberg, Connie van Eeghen

1. Check In: Beautiful day! Abby has been teaching and working on curriculum development – hard work, but important. Additional interesting discussion on the structure and use of teaching staff responsibilities and work load as a lecturer. Welcome Kairn – and everyone else.

2. Abby: Does hemoglobin A1C affect height in children with Type 1 diabetes? Planned presentation:

a. Background: high frequency of diagnosis; relationship to insulin deficiency

b. Research question

c. Literature review

d. Epidemiology of Type 1 DM in children

i. Insulin deficiency is related to undesirable complications and height retardation

e. Methods: data source, patient inclusion, study group size, clinical follow up plan

f. Data collection/management issues and basis for choosing a particular statistical model

i. When context is important (such as age, when measuring children’s height), then the model has to manage changes in the context as well as changes in the variable of interest

g. Statistical analysis: generalized linear mixed model

h. Results: graphically represent all possible data points (that is, axes intersect at 0,0)

i. Standard review of patients

ii. Univariate results

iii. GLMM results

i. Discussion

i. What do the results mean? Cost relationships?

ii. Implications regarding biology or clinical care or public policy

iii. Limitations (and Next Steps if appropriate)

j. Conclusions on the relationship between glycemic control and height

k. “Thank you” to collaborators - ? It depends on the relationships you want to foster.

3. PowerPoint Pointers

a. Animation: minimal, when functionally supported

b. Handouts: distribute after presentation

c. “B” and “W” to black or white out screen

d. F5 to start slide show

e. Package the PPT for the specific presentation

f. Shorter is better

4. Next Workshop Meeting(s): Thursday, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Given Courtyard Level 4

a. May 19: Rodger: outline of 10 minute NCQA platform presentation for Academy Health (no Connie, Amanda, Abby, Kairn)

b. May 26: Kairn (no Connie)

c. June 2: Abby (no Connie)

d. June 9: Connie (no Amanda?)

e. June 16:

f. June 23: (no Ben at 3:30, no Amanda)

g. June 30:

h. Revisit the day/time for our meeting for July and August: Thursday morning 9:30 – 11:00

i. Ben is on vacation July 16 – 30 and out Aug 4; Abby is on vacation August; Amanda is teaching Tues & Thurs 1 – 4 from July 1 – Aug 26

j. Future agenda to consider:

i. Rodger: Mixed methods article; article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished)

ii. Future: Review of different types of journal articles (lit review, case study, original article, letter to editor…), when each is appropriate, tips on planning/writing (Abby)

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

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