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Primary and Secondary Prevention Research [ESP45]

Course highlights

ECTS

0.7

Start date

21 August 2017

End date

25 August 2017

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)

Course time

From 8:45 till 11:45

Faculty

Prof. Oscar Franco, Prof. Harry de Koning

Course fee

€ 470

Location

Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL

Level

Introductory

Prerequisites

None

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health

Course Materials

Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail.

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Description

Faculty: Prof. Oscar Franco, MD PhD and Prof. Harry de Koning, MD PhD

This course will introduce and illustrate methods and practices of research in the planning, development and evaluation of interventions to prevent ill health. Primary and secondary prevention may work together, depending on the determinants of disease and technology available. Life style factors, like for example cigarette smoking, dietary habits and physical activity, are important determinants of health and disease. Therefore, promoting healthy life styles is important in public health interventions.

Screening for diseases that are related to these determinants can possibly improve prognosis, gain life-years and quality of life. However, early detection also means a longer period of life during which a person is aware of having the disease, and false-positive test results will induce unnecessary diagnostic interventions. Crucial in prevention research is the population perspective, with consequences for designing a study, evaluating an intervention, communicating to the people and setting priorities. Special emphasis will be given to cancer research, cardiovascular interventions, but also to preventing language delays in children or promoting alcohol consumption. The course will consist of lectures, exercises and presentations of illustrative examples of primary and secondary prevention research.

Teaching format: Lectures, exercises, discussions.

Objectives

- Introducing the methods and practices of primary and secondary preventive research;
- Introducing the biases and interpretation of screening to detect diseases early in order to improve survival of quality of life;
- Illustrating when to implement screening strategies, and how to implement and evaluate primary prevention strategies;
- Giving up-to-date information on the determinants of and policies for cancer prevention.

Assessment

Attendance