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Research Methods 101 for the Provider: A Guide to Critical Research Consumption

Course Description | Faculty | Accreditation | General Information

Course Description

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 2 credits of Risk Management Study. This includes 3 Credits of Opioid Education and Pain Management Training.

Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

Learners may also claim the following types of credit for completing this module:

American Psychological Association (APA) / Psychologists
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) / Counselors

To claim these credits, email your CME certificate to Vanessa Graham at vgraham@challiance.org.

Accreditation Statements:

APA - The Division on Addiction is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Division on Addiction maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Approvals:

NBCC - The Division on Addiction is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider Number 6121.

Original Release: 6/8/2015
Most Recent Update: 3/8/2015
Termination Date: 6/8/2018

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

COST: COST: $50.00

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Review medical literature and identify the results and take-home points of the study
  2. Identify the criteria to consider when critically evaluating empirical research
  3. Identify critical components and potential pitfalls of research designs
  4. Share and/or discuss research findings with patients/clients
  5. Determine the appropriate research design for a given research question
  6. Identify first steps to become actively involved in conducting research

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION:

Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

COMBINATION OF MEDIA USED:

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Faculty
SARAH NELSON, PhD
Course Director
Dr. Nelson is the Associate Director for Research at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Oregon, where she studied both social cognition and developmental psychopathology. At the Division, Dr. Nelson has developed two major lines of research, investigating (1) the etiology of addiction, particularly gambling disorder, and (2) the relationship between DUI offense and psychiatric comorbidity. Dr. Nelson has collaborated on studies of gambling involvement, the effects of exposure on gambling, gambling self-exclusion and self-limitation programs, and internet gamblers, developing predictive models based on early play patterns to detect subscribers who are at risk for gambling problems. Dr. Nelson also has focused throughout the past decade on the study of substance abuse and mental health in repeat DUI offenders. Analyses of these samples have demonstrated considerable psychiatric comorbidity and identified subtypes of repeat DUI offenders distinguished by criminal background and type of psychiatric comorbidity. Dr. Nelson has given invited presentations at international, national and local conferences and seminars, interweaving all of her presentations with examples and exercises that provide a basic survey of how science progresses and encourage people to think critically about research and practice. More formally, she has developed and co-directed a research methods seminar for health professionals at Cambridge Health Alliance, in addition to this CME course.

DISCLOSURE:
Disclosure information not received.



JULIA BRAVERMAN, Ph.D
Course Contributor
Julia Braverman, Ph.D., is Senior Analyst in Boston Health Economics, Inc. and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braverman graduated from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, received PhD in social and experimental psychology at Northeastern University and continued her graduate education by receiving a degree of MS in Biomedical Informatics from Health Science and Technology Program in Harvard-MIT. She completed fellowship in Medical Informatics in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Braveman taught graduate and undergraduate classes in social psychology and research method in Tufts University, Boston College and Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: (1) health communication and persuasion; (2) medical informatics; (3) adherence; 4) addiction; and (5) behavior change and motivation. Dr Braverman's teaching and knowledge distribution activities include publications in top ranked psychological and medical journal, invited presentation at national conferences and colloquiums, seminar offerings, and mentoring research. Through her work, she pursues to apply psychological theories to practice to promote healthy behavior change, foster positive thinking and motivation and enhance quality of life.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



DEBI A. LAPLANTE, PhD
Course Contributor
Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addictions and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in psychology and completed her graduate education in social psychology at Harvard University. At the Division on Addictions, Dr. LaPlante is involved in research, teaching, and public outreach. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: (1) psychiatric comorbidity profiles and addictive behavior, such as DUI; (2) public health in expanding gaming markets; and (3) addiction in special populations, such as women and minorities. Currently, Dr. LaPlante is an editor for the online research review, the Brief Addiction Science Information Source (The BASIS), which publishes weekly science reviews on the latest research studies of gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Dr. LaPlante is a course director for the annual Addiction Medicine CME live activity and two online CME courses, Gambling in Your Practice and Addiction in Your Practice. Through her work, her goal is to further the mission of the Division on Addictions by strengthening worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information.

DISCLOSURE:
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Reviewers
MARK JOSEPH ALBANESE, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Albanese was born in Boston, and graduated from Boston Latin School. He attended Harvard College and Cornell University Medical College. He did his internship in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and his psychiatry residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Albanese completed a medicine internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. He is the Director of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry and Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance. He is also one of the course directors for the annual HMS Treating the Addictions CME course.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



JEN SIMONDS, PhD
Reviewer
Dr. Simonds is currently the Department Chair of Psychology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT and a co-director of Westminster’s Quantitative Analysis and Research Cooperative (QuARC). Dr. Simonds coordinates research instruction for the psychology department and teaches courses in quantitative research methods, applied data analysis, and measurement. Her Ph.D. training was in developmental and personality psychology at the University of Oregon with a supporting area in measurement theory. She is co-author of the Temperament in Middle Childhood Questionnaire (TMCQ), currently in use in research in multiple countries and in multiple languages.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Accreditation

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 2 

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate


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General Information

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Computers
Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.


Internet Connection
Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.

Browsers
Firefox or Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher are recommended. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Plugins
Some of the multimedia resources in this course require Apple Quicktime, RealMedia, or a Flash player. You will be prompted to download the appropriate plugin when necessary. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.


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