Monday, November 7, 2011

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Nov 3, 2011

Present: Kim Dittus and guest Dr. O'Brien, Kairn Kelley, Amanda Kennedy, Rodger Kessler, Charlie MacLean

1. Rodger: Rodger is preparing an R01 in which practice demographics could impact outcome. He asked if he should stratify. Clarifying discussion about stratification, block randomization, and block randomization with stratification ended in the conclusion that, for Rodger's current grant, block randomization makes sense but effects of demographics should be looked at during analysis not assumed and stratified for.

2. Kim: Kim shared a power-point presentation describing an oncology rehabilitation program which she would like to see paid for by insurance companies. Dr. Wheeler from BC/BS indicated an interest in the program if it can be shown that "it works." Kim shared successes in getting the program going thus far for breast cancer survivors completing treatment. Ideas for gathering and presenting useful pilot data and future evaluation with comparison groups were discussed.

3. Next Workshop Meeting(s): Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Given Courtyard Level 4

a. Nov 10: Amanda: survivor analysis chalk talk

b. Nov 17: Connie: Review of Case Study #2 data

c. Nov 24: Cancelled – Thanksgiving

d. Dec 1:

e. Dec 7:

f. Dec 15: (no Ben)

g. Dec 22:

h. Future agenda to consider:

i. Ben: budgeting exercise for grant applications

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 Rodger: Mixed methods article; article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished)

iii. 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: K. Kelley

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