Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S
Cycles of Study/Courses
Teaching Staff - Responsibilities
Teaching - Hours
|Theoretical and practical :
Suitable for English-speaking students
Cover the methodologies used to evaluate quantitavely the validyt and precision of diagnostic tests, allowing the students to make evidencebased decisions regarding the usefulness of a specific diagnostic test in a specific patient.
Learning outcomes and competences
Students are expected to use the principles of Epidemiology in the study of groups of patients, namely to evaluate the usefulness of diagnostic tests, the effect of screening programmes and the validity of tools for the prediction of prognosis.
Diagnosis probabilistic reasoning; defining abnormality
Precision and validity of diagnostic tests
Sensitivity and specificity
Random variation, biological and due to measurement
Screening and case finding
Discrimination and calibration of scores for risk prediction in prognosis
Clinical epidemiology at the basis of decisions in individual patients
Fletcher, R. H., Fletcher, S. W., & Fletcher, G. S.; Clinical epidemiology: the essentials., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., 2012
Haynes, R. B., Sackett, D. L.,Guyatt, G. H., & Tugwell P.; Clinical epidemiology: how to do clinical practice research., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., 2006
Comments from the literature
These classical books, which are extremely up-to-date
regarding the concepts and methods, will be complemented with original research articles whose discussion requires the application of the knowledge and
competences that are expected to be acquired.
Teaching methods and learning activities
Lectures and TP.
Distributed evaluation without final exam
Calculation formula of final grade
Evaluation by individual exercise (problems/essay).