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SURG5035: Surgical Research and Evaluation

The objective of this unit is to provide candidates with an understanding of key methodological concepts of level one evidence based studies needed to conduct high quality surgical research. It will cover basic concepts and principles of good clinical research practice and provide the necessary skills on how to measure the quality of care. Key topics focus on how to identify, appraise, select and synthesise a systematic review and meta-analysis. The use of databases and registries and how to best present statistical analysis and summarise data. This unit will provide candidates with the skills to measure the quality of surgical care as well as evaluate surgical performance and measures of effects. Candidates will be able to critically appraise published statistics and learn to identify publication bias before applying the findings to their own clinical practice.

Code SURG5035
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the basic principles of surgical research
  • LO2. examine key methodological concepts and demonstrate understanding of the various research designs used in surgical research
  • LO3. explain good clinical conduct and identify key aspects to judge the level of risk in surgical research
  • LO4. understand the measures for quality of surgical care, surgical performance and measures of effects
  • LO5. examine and understand data management, database models, registries and the statistical aspects relevant to the design
  • LO6. describe the strength, relevance and level of evidence in surgical research
  • LO7. examine and understand systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • LO8. develop skills for understanding the various aspects of outcome measures, risk and survival in surgical research
  • LO9. learn how to critically appraise published statistics and how to evaluate publication bias before applying results to clinical practice

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.