2 Moving Beyond Quantitative Epidemiology: Mixed Methods and Driving Organizational Change

Friday, April 1, 2011: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Cortez AB (Hilton Anatole)
CME Credits: 3.50
Registration Code: W1
Type: Workshops
Summary: Important epidemiological discoveries often began with initial qualitative research. Over the past decades, the rise of widely-available powerful microcomputers has shifted the balance towards quantitative methods and away from qualitative research. This has left a void in our understanding of qualitative study methods, which hinders our ability to implement and assess HAI reduction interventions in our hospitals. This session with review research methods for hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists wanting to driving organizational change at their institutions. Information about specific study methods and their application to infection prevention research will be presented using specific examples.
Learning Objectives:
12:00 PM
Ronda Sinkowitz-Cochran, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
12:15 PM
Heather Schacht Reisinger, PhD, Iowa City Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
12:30 PM
Ronald E. Taylor, PhD, University of Tennessee
12:45 PM
Deborah M. Treise, PhD, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications