Study Design Methods in Health Disparities Research

In this new section we provide some resources on methods pertaining to study design. 

Creating a Study-specific Conceptual Framework

Developing a conceptual framework specific to one’s own research can represent visually the research question and underlying mechanistic pathways.  Our PowerPoint slide set reviews the importance of creating such a framework, with examples of four types of frameworks: health services research, multi-level determinants of health disparities, intervention mapping, and recruitment.


Argument Against Adjusting p-values for Multiple Testing in RCTs

For RCTs testing the effect of multifaceted clinical interventions on a corresponding set of multifaceted outcomes, related policy decisions are often best served by tests that do not adjust alpha for multiple tests.


Design and Goals of Pilot RCTs

The role of a pilot RCTs as a vehicle for assessing feasibility and acceptability of a corresponding, subsequent full-scale RCT is explained.


Resource Document

Power Analysis for PIs

Power analysis is a key aspect of quantitative research design. Includes a summary of basic types of input needed for power analysis.