Code: ECEBM-1

Title: Fundamentals of clinical research

This course is mandatory.

Basic Module

  1. Understand the Anatomy and Physiology of Clinical Research
  2. Conceive the Research Question
  3. Develop the Study Plan
  4. Choose the Study Subjects: Specification, Sampling, and Recruitment
  5. Plan the Measurements: Precision, Accuracy and Validity
  6. Estimate Sample Size: Underlying Principles

Clinical Trials Module

The module provides a clear understanding of the essentials of Clinical Trials, particularly randomized clinical trials phase II and III.

Observational Studies Modules

Much of clinical knowledge comes from observational research. About nine of ten research papers published in clinical specialty journals describe observational research. The three main types of observational studies are cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies.

DTA studies Module

In current medical practice, new diagnostic tests are developed and introduced at a fast rate. A rigorous evaluation of diagnostic tests before introduction into clinical practice is imperative. Several potential threats to the internal and external validity of a study on diagnostic accuracy exist. As in any other type of research, flaws in study design can lead to biased results. Exaggerated and biased results from poorly designed and reported diagnostic studies can trigger their premature dissemination and lead physicians into making incorrect treatment decisions.

Data analysis module

  1. Descriptive data analysis
  2. Exploratory data analysis
  3. Inferential data analysis