Course in clinimetrics 5.-7. May 2010
The course is arranged at the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen. The lecturers Raymond Ostelo, Caroline B. Terwee and Henrica CW de Vet are from the EMGO Institute, Vrije University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and are well known international researchers in this field.
Why is clinimetrics of relevance?
"Clinimetrics is the science of determining the quality of research measurement instruments. Health measurement instruments are required to assess outcomes (e.g. to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions), to diagnose, and to prognosticate. Approaches to gathering data vary widely, from physical examinations to laboratory tests, from imaging techniques to self-report questionnaires. Health researchers look for the best instruments for their research or, if none are available, develop new ones." Clinimetrics deals with (1) developing methods to evaluate the properties of health measurement instruments and (2) applying those methods to develop new, or evaluate existing, health measurement instruments.
What are the goals?
After attending the course, you will be familiar with the most important measurement properties of research instruments and with the appropriate methods for assessing them. You will also be able to choose the measurement instrument that best fits your own research and, if necessary, to develop a new one.
Who should participate?
The course is designed for PhD students and for researchers in the field of medicine, psychology and health sciences. To attend the course, you must have at least basic knowledge of epidemiological and statistical methods.