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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Electronic medical records and epidemiologic research: You can't always get what you want.  
  But if you try---you might just get what you need!”


3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

Dr. Littman

 


Alyson Littman, MPH, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Research Health Scientist, Seattle Epidemiologic Research and
Information Center, VA

Abstract
In this seminar I will discuss the challenges of conducting an epidemiologic study using data from electronic medical records (aka data collected for another purpose), where the data are voluminous, "dirty", and outcome measures are not available at regular intervals. How does one go about designing and conducting the most rigorous study possible with the data available? To illustrate these points, I will discuss a study of weight change following lower limb loss using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs Northwest Region.


About the Speaker
Dr. Littman's primary research interests are in physical activity and obesity epidemiology. She is based at the VA, within the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center, and is also an affiliate assistant member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Littman has a 5-year Career Development Award funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to evaluate associations between lower limb amputation, weight management and physical activity. As part of this grant, has conducted a survey of veterans who have had a toe, foot, or leg amputation and is developing and pilot testing a physical activity and weight loss intervention for veterans with lower limb amputations. She is a collaborator on several studies to examine associations between military service and health outcomes in the Millennium Cohort longitudinal study of more than 150,000 active duty and Reserve/National Guard personnel.

Updated on April 4, 2012