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Critical Appraisal of the Spine Literature: The Fundamentals

Course Description

This course will provide participants with the necessary skills to critically appraise the quality of the spine literature. Specifically, the course will introduce basic study designs and discuss the main threats to the validity of clinical studies. Learning methods include didactic lectures and a workshop. Recently published papers will be used in the workshop. The topics covered in the course include: randomised clinical trails, cohorts studies, case-series, case study, selection bias, measurement bias and confounding. Participants will learn to use a critical appraisal tool to assess the quality of randomised control trials and cohort studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the study design used in a published article.
  • Define selection bias, measurement bias and confounding.
  • Critically appraise a published paper using a standardized critical appraisal tool and identify the main threats to its validity.
  • Discuss the validity of a published paper.

Course Design

This course will include three one-hour lectures and one three-hour workshop. The lectures will include presentations where study designs, biases and critical appraisal methods will be discussed. The workshop will include a 1.5 hour group session where a published study will be critically appraised under the guidance of a faculty member. The course will conclude with a structured group discussion about the validity of the reviewed paper.

Course Director and Faculty

Course Director: Rachid Salmi, MD PhD
Pierre Côté, DC PhD
Margareta Nordin, Dr. Med. Sci.

2018 Course Details

Strasbourg, France

Date: 20 June 2018
Venue: IRCAD, Strasbourg, France
Fee: EUROSPINE members: €300; non-members: €400.

2018 Programme

Registrations

Registrations for the 2019 course are not opened yet. Opening of the registration will be advertised here and in our newsletter.

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