Thursday, March 18, 2010: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Hanover F-G (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 3.50
Summary: This workshop will provide participants with background and guidance in how to perform systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and how to determine accuracy of surveillance methods. These methods are frequently used (and misused) in infectious diseases epidemiology. Practical examples will be used for illustration. Determining sensitivity and specificity of a surveillance process is a difficult undertaking. In this session methods to optimize positive and negative predictive values of a surveillance process will be presented and discussed. This presentation may help those involved in or developing, maintaining, or using infection surveillance systems.Learning Objectives:
- Present and illustrate the multiple steps needed for performing a state-of-the-art systematic review and illustrate and explain the fundamental concepts of meta-analysis.
- Present and illustrate the problems with heterogeneity between individual studies that have been included in a meta-analysis. Faculty will use examples of infection prevention in the intensive care unit (ICU) for illustration.