Are You Losing It? How to Deal with Loss to Follow Up in Research Studies and Clinical Trials

Session Type: ARHP Concurrent Sessions
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
W476 (McCormick Place West)
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Session Overview:
Understanding the concept and implications of loss to follow-up is critical not only when designing a research study, but also when interpreting the results of a study. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the role of loss to follow up in research studies, either as they conduct their own research or as they use evidence-based rheumatology to interpret clinically relevant research. Basic knowledge of common research techniques and procedures will be assumed.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • outline the consequences of loss to follow up
  • describe how loss to follow up affects interpretation of research studies
  • recognize the analytic techniques used to handle loss to follow up
  • employ practical methods to reduce loss to follow up

Moderator: Laura D. Bilek, PhD, PT, University Nebraska Med Center
11:00 AM
How Does Loss to Follow up Happen and What Are the Implications?
Robert R. McLean, Hebrew Senior Life/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
11:30 AM
How to Avoid or Deal with Loss to Follow Up
Alyssa B. Dufour, Hebrew SeniorLife & Boston Univ, Boston, MA
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