Date: May 9, 2012
Time: Noon to 1:00 pm (ET)
Presenter: Mary Lou Klem, PhD, MLIS – Dr. Klem received a PhD in clinical psychology from University of Memphis in 1993, going on to complete a residency in clinical psychology at University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Jackson Mississippi VA Medical Center. From there, she moved to the University of Pittsburgh and served as a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Klem held an appointment as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During this time period, she also completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences at Pitt. In 2003, as part of a career transition from clinical psychologist to librarian, she completed a traineeship in Health Sciences Librarianship and Biomedical Informatics at Pitt’s Center for Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Klem is currently a faculty librarian for the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.
Presentation: Study Design and Systematic Reviews (SR)
Systematic reviews are literature reviews that critically appraise and summarize the “best available evidence” for a clinical question or topic. While the most well-known “best evidence” is the randomized controlled trial (RCT), other study designs may also be appropriate for use in systematic reviews. This presentation provides an overview and description of two broad classes of study designs (experimental and observational), an explanation of critical differences between these two types of design, and a real-world example of the impact of such design differences on study outcomes.
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