“Using Real-World Data & Published Evidence in Pharmacy Quality Improvement Activities”
On Monday, May 20, 2013, we presented a webinar on “Using Real-World Data & Published Evidence in Pharmacy Quality Improvement Activities” for the member organizations of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP).
The 80-minute discussion addressed four topic areas, all of which have unique critical appraisal challenges. Webinar goals were to discuss issues that arise when conducting quality improvement efforts using real world data, such as data from claims, surveys and observational studies and other published healthcare evidence.
Key pitfalls were cherry picked for these four mini-seminars—
- Pitfalls to avoid when using real-world data, dealing with heterogeneity, confounding-by-indication and causality.
- Key issues in evaluating oncology studies — outcome issues and focus on how to address large attrition rates.
- Important issues when conducting comparative safety reviews — assessing patterns through use of RCTs, systematic reviews, observational studies and registries.
- Key issues in evaluating studies employing Kaplan-Meier estimates — time-to-event basics with attention to the important problem of censoring.
A recording of the webinar is available at—