The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

NPCRC Junior Faculty Technical Assistance Program Research Methods Webinars

Title:  Innovative Tools for Promoting and Disseminating Your Work

Date: May 2,2017, 12-1pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Gali Halevi, MLS,PhD; Chief Director, Mount Sinai Health System Libraries

Description: This webinar will focus on practical tools for promoting your research through understanding research evaluation metrics, harnessing social media and marketing platforms to disseminate your work, creating a professional portfolio to highlight scientific and social impact, and preparing for media interviews.

Presentation: Innovative Tools for Promoting and Disseminating York Work 


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Title: Design, Conduct and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials in Palliative Care Research

Date: September 29th, 2016, 2-3pm

Speaker: Katherine Courtright, MD; Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation: Design, Conduct and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials in Palliative Care Research

Recording: Design, Conduct and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials in Palliative Care Research

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Title: Implementation Science (PCRC Investigator Development Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

Speaker: Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH

Presentation: View and download slides:

Recording: Recorded webinar may be viewed and heard here:

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Title: The Art and Science of Building an EMR-Based Research Network 

Date: March 7, 2016, 12-1pm

Speaker: David Casarett MD, MA is a palliative care physician and health services researcher whose work focuses on improving systems of care for people with serious, life-threatening illnesses.  He is a tenured Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, a faculty member of Penn’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Director of Hospice and Palliative Care for the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Casarett is the author of more than 100 articles in journals including JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine, and his writing has appeared in print and online in Salon, Esquire, Discover, and Wired.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government to researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Dr. Casarett is also the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which was Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, published in 2015 by Penguin Random House.  His first novel in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency series, Murder in the House of Rooster Happiness, will be published in July, 2016.

Presentation: The Art and Science of Building an EMR-Based Research Network.pdf


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Title:  Practical Guidance for Cost Analysis of Healthcare Data

Date:  Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 1-2pm Eastern Daylight Time

Speaker:  Dr. Peter May, PhD will be leading February’s webinar. Dr. May is a healtheconomist and applied health scientist focusing on care for people with serious chronic illness in Ireland and the United States. He is currently a Research Fellow in Health Economics at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a Visiting Research Fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Presentation: Practical Guidance for Cost Analysis of Healthcare Data.pdf

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Title:  Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trials in Palliative Care

Date:  Tuesday, September 25, 2015, 11am-12pm

Speaker:  Dr. Nathan Goldstein, MD, Assoc. Prof at Mount Sinai

Description: Multi-site RCTs are crucial for building the evidence base for palliative care interventions. The challenges of conducting a multi-site trial in terms of the complexity of trial design, operations, and management, should not be underestimated. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the "nuts and bolts" of designing and conducting a multisite palliative care RCT. Using Dr. Goldstein’s own multisite RCT as an example, he will discuss the process of planning a multisite study including the choice of design type, selection of sites, and duration of follow-up. He will then discuss aspects of trial implementation, including recruitment, randomization, and data management. He will follow with a discussion of challenges related to variation across sites in patient enrollment and retention, interim analysis techniques, stopping rules, and ethical considerations. The webinar will conclude with thoughts on lessons learned and recommendations for future trials. 

Presentation: Goldstein Nuts Bolts RCT.pdf and Goldstein WDM MOP.pdf

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Title:  Intervention Development (PCRC Investigator Development Webinar)

Date:  Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 1-2pm Eastern Daylight Time

Speaker:  Frank Keefe, PhD and Tammy Somers, PhD will be leading September’s webinar on Intervention Development. Frank is the Director of the PCRC Clinical Studies Core and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Tammy is Sub-Investigator of the PCRC Clinical Studies Core and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.

Presentation: Keefe and Somers Intervention Development (PCRC Investigator Development Webinar) .pdf


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Title:  An Introduction to Mixed Methods

Date:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 12-1pm

Speaker:  Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer  Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College (AcademyHealth webinar followed by a facilitated group discussion). Dr. Sofaer is Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.  She previously was Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Sofaer is nationally known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and consults and trains widely on these issues. 

Description:  This webinar features an introduction to mixed methods and includes applied examples from public health services and systems research (PHSSR). The course is intended for researchers at all levels as well as practitioners looking to translate research findings. Those with training in mixed methods are also encouraged to participate, in order to refresh their knowledge of current best practices. Participants will view the webinar on their own and Dr. Aldridge will facilitate a group discussion of the webinar content and its applicability to palliative care research and to the participants’ specific areas of research interest.

Presentation: Sofaer An Introduction to Mixed Methods.pdf


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Title:  Research in Disenfranchised and Vulnerable Populations: Overcoming Challenges

Date:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12-1pm

Speaker:  Brie Williams, MD, MS  Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics.

Description: The overall goal of this webinar is to become familiar with challenges inherent in conducting research with disenfranchised and vulnerable populations and to discuss strategies for conducting ethical, rigorous research with vulnerable populations through a case-based research scenario. 

Presentation: Research in Disenfranchised and Vulnerable Populations: Overcoming Challenges.pdf

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