Monday, April 2, 2012

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: March 29, 2012

Present: Kairn Kelley, Ben Littenberg, Michael MacCaskey, Charlie MacLean, Connie van Eeghen

1. Presentation: Charlie: Writers’ workshop on “Use of a decision support system to identify and resolve errors in testing for diabetic proteinuria in primary care.” To be submitted to The American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP). Articles are sought for prompt publication of original studies and observations in clinical and anatomic pathology. Original papers relating to laboratory use, management, and information science will be considered. Case reports must be based on novel observations that introduce timely and relevant diagnostic or clinical concepts.

a. Instructions to the attendees: Please review this in detail like an editorial board. The authors will be in the cone of silence and try to remain there. Charlie took detailed notes but general observations included:

b. The readers are clinical pathologists, rather than primary care providers. Keep the key points focused on these interests and move them forward in the presentation of the material.

c. In a case study, the punch line can be highlighted in the introduction, to reach the reader better.

d. The data that highlighted the issue is different than the data that produced interesting measures. These can get confused for each other.

2. 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

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

a. Apr 5: cancelled for 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

b. Apr 12: Kairn: draft article on Inter-Rater Reliability (no Connie)

c. Apr 19: ask Amanda for a Journal Article (no Kairn

d. Apr 26: Rodger?

e. Future agenda to consider:

i. Ben: budgeting exercise for grant applications

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

iii. Journal Club: “Methods and metrics challenges of delivery-system research,” Alexander and Hearld, March 2012 (for later in the year?)

iv. Rodger: Mixed methods article; article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished); drug company funding.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.

v. Amanda: presentation and interpretation of data in articles

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

Recorder: C. van Eeghen

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