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Observational Studies in Healthcare: Are They Any Good?

This month we have Andy Gelman discussing Stan, the new Bayesian sampler.

Unfortunately, Dr. Gelman can no longer make the talk.  We have found a worthy replacement, however, Dr. David Madigan, Chair of Statistics at Columbia University.  He will be discussing observational studies in healthcare.

About the talk:

Observational healthcare data, such as administrative claims and electronic health records, play an increasingly prominent role in healthcare. Pharmacoepidemiologic studies in particular routinely estimate temporal associations between medical product exposure and subsequent health outcomes of interest, and such studies influence prescribing patterns and healthcare policy more generally.  Some authors have questioned the reliability and accuracy of such studies, but few previous efforts have attempted to measure their performance.

The Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP, http://omop.org) has conducted a series of experiments to empirically measure the performance of various observational study designs with regard to predictive accuracy for discriminating between true drug effects and negative controls. In this talk, I describe the past work of the Partnership, explore opportunities to expand the use of observational data to further our understanding of medical products, and highlight areas for future research and development.

Pizza starts at 6:15, Dr. Gelman Madigan begins at 7 and the bar will follow.  Right before the talk we will do giveaways including books and a free pass to Strata.

Please RSVP early to help with seating arrangements.

A big thanks to Dr. Madigan for filling in on such short notice.

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  • John Peter S.

    As usu Dr Madigan is at the top of his game. Thanks also to the hosts and the organizers.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Yelena A

    Very interesting. Jared, is it possible to get the slides? Thanks!

    July 25, 2013

    • Jared L.

      Trying to get the slides.

      2 · July 26, 2013

  • Zaiming Y.

    Hey Jared, the video streaming is out of focus, can you fix it???? Thanks!!

    July 24, 2013

    • Zaiming Y.

      Is there any possibility that Prof. Madigan could share the presentation with us??? THanks!

      July 25, 2013

    • Jared L.

      Working on getting the slides.

      July 26, 2013

  • Noel H.

    Good topic and interesting work described. The slides were not designed to allow people in the rear of the room to see and read them,

    July 25, 2013

  • John W.

    Very interesting. Couldn't help but think of Ben Goldacre - http://www.badscience.net/

    July 24, 2013

  • Gerald C.

    I've been involved with a few retrospective observational studies and I'm interested in what Dr Madigan has to say but, unfortunately, I cannot attend. I am also interested to know if the talk will be recorded and posted online?

    July 23, 2013

    • Jared L.

      www.livestream.com/knerd­

      2 · July 23, 2013

    • Gerald C.

      Thanks, Jared ... much appreciated

      July 24, 2013

  • Nitin k.

    Will this be recorded for those who cannot make it and the link be shared? Pl. let us know.

    July 22, 2013

    • Jared L.

      www.livestream.com/knerd­

      July 23, 2013

  • David

    July 22, 2013

  • Aaron S.

    Will this be on the Knerd feed/recording system? Please? :)

    July 19, 2013

    • Jared L.

      Yep, livestream.com/knerd

      July 22, 2013

  • John Peter S.

    Madigan gave the group one of the best tech/math talks in the past. I even read his paper :))

    July 22, 2013

  • Kimberley M.

    Sorry.. conflict.

    July 19, 2013

  • Mike M.

    I'll be out of town but this promises to be an excellent talk!

    July 17, 2013

  • Cristiana G.

    with regrets

    July 13, 2013

  • Vincent S.

    Bummer hiking in New Mexico that week

    July 11, 2013

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