Pre-course: Research

Monday 1 October: 08:30 - 17:00

Tuesday 2 October: 08:30 - 17:00

Course Director

  • Abdelouahab Bellou, France
  • Luis Castrillo, Spain


  • Abdelouahab Bellou, France
  • Luis Castrillo, Spain
  • Nathalie Flacke, France
  • Adela Goela, Romania

Course description

Following the Pre-Course Program Research fundaments in Emergency Medicine the participant will be involved in all the aspects related to research projects. The program is based on a real case study with the final objective of manuscript generation following step after step all the aspects of a research project, from the design to the final publication strategy.  The program is orientated to the Emergency Medicine environment with his limitations and opportunities.

The participants will take part in an interactive program focus on the acquisition of basic knowledge and the abilities needed for solving crucial aspects of research projects.
Specifically at the end of the program the participants will the able to:
  • Design research projects.
  • Establish objectives and plan for hypothesis contrast.
  • Prepare a working plan of the crucial project elements.
  • Select variables of interest and prepare a database.
  • Select adequate statistical analysis.
  • Gain abilities in results evaluations and bias, or study limitations.
  • Prepare a manuscript to be sent for publication.
To facilitated objectives acquisition a hands-on program has been planned. Participants will follow from the initial research question, to the publication of the results all the steps needed to produce quality research. Real research question and real data will be the used on the sessions. The obtained results hopefully will be part of a manuscript.

No previous knowledge is needed to follow the program; to come with a personal computer is recommended but not mandatory.

We encourage all emergency medicine professionals (doctors, nurses) with basic o no previous experience on research, to participate on the program that not only facilitates the development of a research program on the institution, but fundamentally creates the needed environment for quality improvement trough the permanent use of scientific methodology. 

Learning objectives

To be announced


08:30 Introduction: Goals and program methodology
09:00 Basic Science concept:
  • a. Scientific method
  • b. Experiments versus clinical research
Abdelouahab Bellou, FR
09:30 Conceptual frame work of any research:
  • a. Objectives
  • b. Design
  • c. Data gathering
  • d. Analysis
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Case Study (Practical session)
  • a. Case presentation
  • b. Background
  • c. Objectives
Case Study(Practical session)
  • a. Design
  • b. Variables
  • c. Gathering information
  • d. Bias
 Luis Castrillo, SP
12:30 Research Plan
  • a. Chronogram
  • b. Economical analysis
13:30 Lunch break
14:30 Legal and Ethical Issues.
  • a. Informed consent
  • b. Helsinki regulations
15:00 Population and sample size
  • a. Sample concept
  • b. Sample selection
  • c. Sample size
 Luis Castrillo, SP
15:30 Sample size(Practical session)
  • a. Calculations
  • b. Sample Size Effects
 Luis Castrillo, SP
16:30 Wrap-up  
DAY 2    
08:30 Data gathering strategies
  • a. CRD generation
  • b. Research manual
  • c. Data bases
09:30 Data Base (Practical session)
  • a. Data types
  • b. Data bases
Data manipulation (Practical session)
  • a. Secondary variables
 Luis Castrillo, SP
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Data analysis (Practical session)
  • a. Preliminary analysis
  • b. Descriptive analysis
Inferential analysis (Practical session)
  • a. Inferential analysis
 Luis Castrillo, SP
13:00 Planning for graphical analysis (Practical session)
  • a. Graph  
13:30 Lunch break
14:30 Secondary a analysis (Practical session)
  • a. New  analysis
 Luis Castrillo, SP
15:00 Results presentation (Practical session)
  • a. Structure
15:30 Discussion (Practical session)
  • a. Main Results
  • b. Comparing with previous publications
  • c. Clinical impact
  • d. Limitations
  • e. New research areas
16:30 Publication strategies  
17:00 Program conclusions