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Comparative Effectiveness Research Training and Instruction (CERTaIN)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center via edX Professional Certificate

Overview

Do you want to inform healthcare decisions by conducting research on the effectiveness, benefits, and potential harms of treatment options? Would you like to help patients choose care that best meets their needs? Perhaps you’d like to learn the basics of clinical research? Or maybe you’d like to use a national health data registry to answer a research question? If any of these questions resonate Comparative Effectiveness Research Training and Instruction – CERTaIN - Professional Certificate Program is right for you!

Created by investigators from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and partner institutions, the CERTaIN Professional Certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts, research methods and data analysis techniques used in comparative effectiveness (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) across five key areas:

Course 1. Introduction
Course 2. Knowledge Synthesis
Course 3. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
Course 4. Pragmatic Clinical Trials and Healthcare Delivery Evaluations
Course 5. Observational Studies and Registries

Learn from expert decision scientists, biostatisticians, oncologists, economists, social scientists, health care policy experts and epidemiologists how to conduct CER/PCOR and see how CER/PCOR methods have been applied in the real world to conduct state of the art research studies.

The CERTaIN Professional Certificate Program is intended for anyone interested in CER/PCOR methods. This program is comprised of 5 courses and includes a combined total of almost 50 lectures in CER/PCOR topics. Each course consists of a series of lectures delivered by content experts and each lecture is segmented into short videos, followed by a quiz to assess your understanding of the material.

The CERTaIN Professional Certificate Program is supported by grant number R25HS023214 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The CERTaIN Professional Certificate Program was created by investigators.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: CERTaIN: CER/PCOR Methods: Introduction

Learn the fundamentals of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) methods and data analysis strategies.



Course 2: CERTaIN: Knowledge Synthesis: Systematic Reviews and Clinical Decision Making

Learn how to interpret and report systematic review and meta-analysis results, and define strategies for searching and critically appraisingscientific literature.



Course 3: CERTaIN: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Learn what comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) are and identify the difference between CER/PCOR studies and randomized controlled trials.



Course 4: CERTaIN: Pragmatic Clinical Trials and Healthcare Delivery Evaluations

Learn the fundamentals of pragmatic clinical trials, including study design and basic analytic methods.



Course 5: CERTaIN: Observational Studies and Registries

Define several types of observational studies, interpret their results, and describe how health registries can be used to make decisions about best clinical care.



Courses

Taught by

Barry R. Davis, MD, PhD, Maria E. Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD, Maria A. Lopez-Olivo, MD, PhD, Robert J. Volk, PhD and Sharon H. Giordano, MD, MPH, FASCO

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