Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

开始时间: 08/18/2014 持续时间: 6 weeks

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 医学

大学或机构: University of California, San Francisco(美国加州大学旧金山分校)

授课老师: Abbey Alkon

   

课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth

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This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.

The course objectives are as follows:

  1. Summarize the format of research articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
  2. Analyze and critique research questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion and interpretation of findings.
  3. Compare and contrast different quantitative study designs.
  4. Analyze the validity and reliability of measures.
  5. Understand the ethical and cultural issues related to research methods.





课程大纲

Week One: Sections of a Research Article, Abstracts, and the Introduction of a Paper (Literature Review, Significance of Problem, Research Questions, and Operational Definitions)

  • Identify the 4 sections of scientific research articles
  • Determine the purpose of the abstract
  • Identify the 2 key components of the introduction section of an article
  • Identify 3 elements of a research question
  • Understand why operational definitions are important

Week Two: Methods Section — Study Designs
  • Answer 5 questions to identify study designs
  • Understand the relation between types of study designs and the time frame of the study
  • Identify the data collection procedures by the study design
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of cohort, cross-sectional, and case-control study designs

Week Three: Methods Section — Sample Selection, Setting, Measurement (Instruments, Validity, and Reliability), and Types of Variables
  • Differentiate a sample from a population
  • Identify the strengths of probability versus non-probability sampling
  • Determine inclusion versus exclusion criteria when developing a plan for sample selection
  • Identify different types of instruments included in research studies
  • Explain how instruments are determined to be valid and reliable
  • Identify types of internal validity and reliability

Week Four: Methods Section — Data Collection, Bias, and Rates (Incidence and Prevalence)
  • Identify data collection procedures
  • Identify types of bias related to all study designs
  • Identify types of bias specific to experimental studies
  • Identify the difference between incidence and prevalence rates

Week Five: Ethical Issues, Human Subjects Committee / Institutional Review Boards, and the Discussion of a Paper (Clinical Implications, Limitations, and Future Studies)
  • Understand the history of research ethics
  • Determine the ethical lessons learned from the Tuskegee Study in the United States (U.S.)
  • Identify studies conducted in the U.S. that raised new ethical issues
  • Identify key components of the discussion section of a research article

Week Six: Final Exam

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Participants will learn the elements of research methods and design that are essential to the translation of knowledge into clinical practice, administration/leadership, and health policy.

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