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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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