Monday, April 22, 2013

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: April 18, 2013

Present:  Abby Crocker, Kairn Kelley, Amanda Kennedy, Rodger Kessler, Ben Littenberg, Charlie MacLean, Connie van Eeghen
1.                  Start Up: Ed Havranek will be on campus on Friday, May 31; he is part of Denver Health (a hospital affiliated with the teaching university but is not the teaching hospital) which was the sole awardee of the AHRQ24.  He may be available for a team meeting.

2.                  Presentation: Kairn’s Manuscript: Inter-Rater Reliability final draft
a.       Kairn and Ben were dispatched to the Cone of Silence (a 1960’s reference to Get Smart!)
b.      Charlie suggested that the abstract start with a brief summary of the overall reason for the study, in addition to the specific objectives listed.  Amanda thought that the results were light in the abstract.  A reference in the conclusion of the abstract was not in the results of the abstract.  Last sentence can be dropped (in abstract).
c.       Introduction: Why the DWT?  What is already known?  Why this particular DWT?  Introduction opening is very technical, but OK for audiologists.  The second paragraph is elementary, for non-experts.  The “reliability” paragraph was more grant-like; who is the audience?  Does this help them?  Consider reversing the order of the last 2 paragraphs of page 4.  Consider dropping last sentence of Introduction.  Bring the “purpose” up to the start of the Intro; why DWT and why Montcrieff. 
d.      Methods: watch for wordiness that overtakes the accessibility of its meaning in describing measures (“Agreement”). Why not analyze with dichotic pairs?  Declare statistical software used.
e.       Results: Questioned use of headings.  Put consent stats in the text.  What are the different ways to think about DWTs and how to evaluate them.  One part of the focus is on IRR; one part is on word differences.  The second takes a little longer to get to and figure out.
f.       Discussion: the existence of other IRR studies comes up – is this the first time mentioned? (No.) The discussion goes into how good some of the words are – is this article about reliability more broadly?
g.      Limitations: the lack of knowledge and newness about the test.  It is not clear that the sample is not representative of a clinical population.  Was the test powered sufficiently to detect differences between words?
h.      Appendix: great!  Provide a sample in the body of the text? 
i.        Ask school staff who provided support if willing to be recognized in print.
j.        Final manuscript to be submitted in a week.  Hooray!

3.                  Summer sessions: consider Wed 11:30 – 1:00 starting June 5.  Will ask Sylvie for help in figuring this out.

4.                  Next Workshop Meeting(s): Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4. 
a.       April 25: Rodger: TBD (no Connie, Charlie, Kairn, or Amanda)
b.      May 2: Abby: (no Connie, Ben)
c.       May 9: Charlie: Exploration of analytical plan for Natural History of Acute Opioid Use (and perhaps more).  Everyone should first read the 2009 Boudreau article that Amanda found in her lit review, circulated on April 2.
d.      May 16:
e.       May 23:
f.       May 30:  
g.      June 5: New summer schedule will start
h.      Future agenda to consider:
                                                  i.      Christina Cruz, 3rd year FM resident with questionnaire for mild serotonin withdrawal syndrome?
                                                ii.      Peter Callas or other faculty on multi-level modeling
                                              iii.      Charlie MacLean: demonstration of Tableau
                                              iv.      Journal article: Gomes, 2013, Opioid Dose and MVA in Canada (Charlie)

Recorder: Kairn Kelley and Connie van Eeghen

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