Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: March 15, 2012

Present: Abby Crocker, Kairn Kelley, Ben Littenberg, Charlie MacLean

1. Presentation: Abby shared about her recent conversation with Dr. Robert Wheeler from BC/BS about the proposed hub-and-spoke methadone treatment legislation. BC/BS website was recommended for policy events.

a. There was general discussion about the challenges of maintaining a mission driven organization, pay-for-performance plans, and related ethical dilemmas.

b. Abby’s next conversation is planned with Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse programs.

2. Update: Charlie gave an update on the status of the VHCURES database.

3. Workshop Goals for 2012:

a. Journal club: identify UVM guests and articles; invite to CROW ahead of time

b. Research updates: share work-in-process

4. Next Workshop Meeting(s): Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Given Courtyard Level 4.

a. Mar 22: Kairn - analysis of inter-rater scoring reliability data (no Abby)

b. Mar 29: Ben: Writer’s workshop on the effect of the built environment on BMI (Littenberg & Austin Troy)

c. Apr 5: Rodger (topic TBD, perhaps Wilson Pace as guest?) or Steven Schroeder, MD: Improving Health in America – Why Change Comes So Hard from 12:00 – 1:30 in Davis Auditorium; reception to follow in HSRF 100, Hoehl Gallery

d. Apr 12: Journal Club: “Methods and metrics challenges of delivery-system research,” Alexander and Hearld, March 2012

e. 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 Rodger: Mixed methods article; article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished); drug company funding. Also: discuss design for PCBH clinical and cost research.

iii. Amanda: presentation and interpretation of data in articles

iv. Sharon Henry: article by Cleland, Thoracic Spine Manipulation, Physical Therapy 2007

v. 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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