The Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice and The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University on the Gold Coast are pleased to invite you to their upcoming evidence based diagnostics workshop.
The Bond University Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP) was established by Professor Paul Glasziou in July 2010 to support research into Evidence-Based Practice. As a leader in Evidence-Based Medicine, Professor Glasziou and his colleagues work to improve health care by developing better communication between clinicians and researchers, and a clearer understanding of the causes of, and solutions to, gaps between research evidence and its application in practice. The Centre has a joint program grant in screening and diagnostics STEP with Sydney University.
Evidence-based medicine is the process of life-long, self-directed learning in which caring for patients leads to the search for, critical appraisal, and incorporation into practice of valid and clinically important information about diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and other clinical and health-care issues. Evidence-Based diagnostics testing is the application of this process of using research evidence to assist with decisions about the usage and interpretation of diagnostic tests.
Who should attend this workshop?
The workshop is for clinicians and laboratory staff who are interested in how to improve their, and others, usage and interpretation of diagnostic tests. It will be of particular interest to those whose work is largely in diagnostics, such as those working in laboratory medicine and radiology or for those where diagnostic tests are used as part of the decision making for starting or continuing treatment.
You should consider attending if you:
- work in areas that regularly use diagnostic tests
- are commited to the use of evidence to improve diagnostics
The workshop is aimed at giving a thorough grounding in standard and new methods in diagnostic research methods, including the appraisal of diagnostic accuracy studies, systematic reviews of diagnostic studies.
After the workshop, participants should be able to:
- Formulate answerable diagnostic and monitoring questions
- Search effectively for evidence on diagnostic and monitoring tests
- Critically appraise evidence about diagnostic accuracy or impact, and assess it for its validity and applicability
- Understand measures of accuracy such as sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios and ROC statistics
- Understand the basics of diagnostic meta-analysis and decision analysis
Most of the Workshop will be conducted in small groups in which participants will develop their knowledge and skills. Plenary sessions will present and discuss core issues in evidence-based diagnostics. Time will be provided each day for searching, study and the establishment of working groups. There will be opportunities to continue and develop working groups during informal social events.
The workshop facilitators have a wide experience in the design and analysis or both primary and secondary research on diagnostics.
22 August 2012
- 24 August 2012
Gold Coast, QLD Australia
Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University
Professor Chrissy Erueti
Phone: (07)5595 4482