Methodology & Study Design
- As clinical epidemiologists, we have comprehensive methodological knowledge of evidence-based medicine. We have extensive experience in the development, application and evaluation of these methods.
- We are familiar with the clinical routine and know the challenges of clinical routine and research. Our goal is to find practical solutions for meaningful research projects.
The most important questions about a new research project arise at the very beginning: Which question do I want to answer with my project and is there already an evidence base for this question?
A systematic search for existing literature and the summary of existing findings (evidence synthesis) is fundamental for the justification and planning of a study. We support you in the analysis of the identified evidence and work with you to develop a suitable study design that is as practice-oriented as possible.
Once the decisions on the definition of your research question, the study endpoints and the study methodology including sample size have been made, we support you in the development of the study protocol. In doing so, we follow the internationally recognized recommendations of "SPIRIT - guidance for protocols of clinical trials".
We help you with the registration of the study and the protocol.
We support you in interpreting your research results in a clinical and methodological context and in the light of existing evidence.We are also happy to support you in the implementation of international reporting guidelines - especially in the description of the study design and the interpretation of the results.
Prospective meta-analyses help to optimally integrate your study results into the existing evidence.
We would be pleased to share our experience in this area with you.