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12:30-13:30pm in Room 3, Gibson Building

The sessions would be useful for anyone considering carrying out database research (e.g. using CPRD) for the first time, although will obviously be unpolished at this stage. Free for anyone who is interested (bring your own lunch).

The practice sessions timetabled so far are as follows:

  • 26th March – Richard Stevens (Sample size calculations for routinely collected data)
  • 28th March – Sarah Stevens and Margaret Smith (Measurements and Tests - Students will be introduced to methods of coding used within the CPRD and use this knowledge to define biological measurements, such as blood pressure, and test results, such as cholesterol values.)
  • 9th April - Sarah Stevens (Defining the study population - An introduction to the concepts required to define the study population within a database, such as the CPRD)
  • 18th April – Alice Fuller and Margaret Smith (Diagnoses and Drugs - Students will be introduced to browser dictionaries containing the codes required to define both diagnoses and drug treatments, and learn the basics of how to systematically produce codes to define variables)
  • 20th April – Richard Stevens and Sarah Stevens (Statistical analysis plans: methods, multiple testing and missing data - Approaches to address statistical aspects of study design within routinely collected databases will be discussed.)
  • 29th May – Kay Wang and Seun Esan (Data linkages - Students will learn about combining different sources of data and possible advantages and disadvantages)
  • 31st May – Richard Stevens (Governance and Approvals – Discussion of the ethical requirements when conducting database research and issues of data governance and security)
  • 5th June – Margaret Smith and Emily McFadden (Addressing confounding - Key methods available to address confounding in routinely collected will be discussed)
  • 14th June – Ben Cairns (Specialist study designs - An overview of specialist methods relevant to database research, such as the self-controlled case series)