The Official News & Technical Journal Of The International Society For Pharmacoeconomics And Outcomes Research
ISPOR Short Courses Again Popular at 7th Annual Meeting

Ryan P. Torgerson, ISPOR Short Course Coordinator

Once again, the ISPOR Short Courses were very successful. Over 600 took part in attending the Short Courses, which included an all-day course on Saturday, and morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday. Classes again swelled to close to maximum capacity.

Mark Roberts MD, MPP, FACP Decision Analysis

For the second year, the eight-hour Saturday offering of a pharmacoeconomics course, Pharmacoeconomics for the Healthcare Decision Maker, was a success. The course, taught by Lorne E. Basskin, PharmD, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Butler University, IN, USA, dealt with teaching clinicians and new researchers how to incorporate pharmacoeconomics into study design and data analysis. The six morning courses presented on
Sunday were: Meta Analysis and Systematic Literature Review � Introduction taught by Joseph C. Cappelleri PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Pfizer Inc., CT; Introduction to Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Assessment: Designing a PRO Strategy taught by Linda Abetz MA, Project Director, Mapi Values, UK; Statistics for Non-Statisticians taught by Thomas Einarson PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Decision Analysis � Introduction taught by Mark Roberts MD, MPP, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief, Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, USA; Introduction to Bayesian Approaches to Health Economics and Outcomes Research taught by Bryan Luce PhD, MBA, Senior Research Leader & CEO, MEDTAP International, MD, USA, Tina Shih PhD, Research Scientist, MEDTAP International, MD, USA, Chris M. Barker PhD, Director of Statistical Research, MEDTAP International, MD, USA and Frank E. Harrell, Jr. PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, University of Virginia School of medicine, VA, USA and Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology taught by David Lilienfeld MD, MS, MPH, Associate Director, Pharmacoepidemiology, Bristol Myers-Squibb, NJ, USA.

Bryan Luce PhD, MBA
Introduction to Bayesian
Approaches to Health Economics
and Outcomes
Kevin Frick PhD
Statistical Considerations
 in Pharmacoeconomic
David Lilienfeld MD, MS, MPh Intro to Pharmacoepidemiology
Gerry Oster PhD Prospective Economic Trials
Thomas Einarson PhD Statistics for Non-Statiticians

The Sunday afternoon courses were: Decision Analysis-Advanced Applications taught by Marc F. Botteman MSc, MA, Executive Director, International Health Economics, HERQuLES, Abt Associates Clinical Trials, MD, USA; Elements of Pharmaceutical Pricing taught by Jack M. Mycka, President & GM, Pricing on Purpose, a division of Roger Green & Associates, Inc., PA, USA; Prospective Economic Trials taught by Gerry Oster PhD, Vice President, Policy Analysis Inc. (PAI), MA, USA; Quality-of-Life � Advanced taught by Karen F. Gold PhD, Director of Biostatistics and Outcomes Research, Abt Associates Clinical Trials, MD, USA; Advanced Retrospective Database Analyses, taught by Thomas E. Delea MBA, Senior Consultant, Policy Analysis Inc. (PAI), MA, USA and Derek Weycker MBA, Senior Consultant, Policy Analysis Inc. (PAI), MA, USA and Statistical Considerations in Pharmacoeconomic Evaluations taught by Kevin D. Frick PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, MD, USA.

The response rate for ISPOR Short Course Participant Evaluations was 71%. Opinions from the evaluations showed that 95% of the attendees found the information received from their course(s)to be useful. 86% of the respondents would recommend their course(s) to others. 78% felt that their expectations for the class had been met and 69% found the class level to be just right. 79% found their instructors to be very good to excellent. 69% rated the content of their Short Courses to be very good to excellent. 66% and 65% rated course organization and course materials to be very good to excellent, respectively.

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