Course Details

Sabrina DonzelliEric Parent

Main Objectives

The course is in its third edition, and it is designed to give to all the participants a general overview of the main topics involved in clinical research methodology in the field of scoliosis and spinal deformities. This will help both, people who are beginning to conduct research, and those who need more information to be able to appraise scientific literature. In addition the course will address the issue of manuscript writing by including some useful tips to write good scientific papers in our field.

Readings and power point presentations

Before the course, all participants will have the possibility to access the material presented by the lecturers.


Time Topic Description
13:00-13:05 (Eric Parent) OPENING REMARKS
13:05-13:25 (Josette Bettany-Saltikov) Introduction to clinical research: innovation and feasibility as key elements of your research question The lecture will explain why it is important to generate a feasible research question, and why innovation is fundamental. We will also explain the correct way to create the research question, and what are the main points to take into account considering the PICOT model.
13:30-13:55 (Jeb McAviney) How to do a literature review The present topic is related to the previous, as to be sure that we are treating a new topic, we need a good search of the literature. Therefore it is important to give the attendees some useful tips to search in Pubmed, google Scholar and other web search databases.
14:00-14:25 (Sabrina Donzelli) Selecting a study design in the field of spine pathology A general overview of the possible designs is required. This presentation will concentrate on the quasi-experimental design as other speakers will concentrate on the experimental design. The focus will be on the practical use of these design in the field of spine treatment.
Break 14:25-14:45
14:45-15:20 (Lori Dolan) Randomization: how to deal with experimental design A general overview of the importance of randomization will be provided. This lecture will explain why RCT are considered the best level of evidence and explain the main challenges typical of our field, as well as, how is it possible to overcome these issues.
15:25-16:10 (Patrick Knott) BASIC statistics The focus will be on data distribution, differences between normal and abnormal distribution, how to choose parametric versus non-parametric tests, mean and standard deviation, median, mode, interquartile range and confidence intervals, and how to describe data.
16:15-16:40 (Eric Parent) Appraisal of studies We will consider all the information useful to appraise and review an intervention research study including: examining recruitment strategies, evaluations and treatment descriptions; how to select statistical tests; and how to interpret statistical and clinical significance of the results; and how to determine if results are generalizable to your setting.
16:45-17:10 (Sabrina Donzelli) Manuscript writing This is a basic guide for scientific writing, an overview of what it is important to write in each section of your article by including strategies for preparing successful paper submissions, from the title to the conclusion.
17:15 (Sabrina and Eric) Closing Remarks