Research During a Pandemic: outcome benefit vs scientific rigor

Professor Philip Lumb

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Lecture overview

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has heightened public frustration with the importance of controlling integration of medical research into practice, despite the social media immediacy, sensationalism and inappropriate dissemination of conflicting, frequently incorrect and misinterpreted clinical outcomes. The importance that new, evolving knowledge may displace and refute earlier management strategies is highlighted. Discussion will reinforce current evidence based medical practice as an essential framework on which effective translational research can be accomplished despite pandemic imposed challenges.  

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Profile the ‘real time’ evolution and integration of research into clinical practice.
  2. Understand challenges to the “gold standard” RCT threatened by political pressure, pre-print servers, news media sensationalism and public concerns for immediacy. 
  3. Understand Anaesthesiology’s inherent understanding of adaptive platform research methodology. 
  4. Reinforce ‘good clinical practice’ standards with evolving knowledge to strike an appropriate therapeutic balance. 
  5. Consider the importance of disinformation, political pressure and medical hubris on public opinion and healthcare system expectations.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Live webinar time:
Chicago - Tues 2nd Jan 2020 at 4pm
London - Tues 2nd Jan 2020 at 10pm
Sydney - Tues 3rd Jan 2020 at 9am

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Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Professor Philip Lumb

Professor Philip Lumb held several academic and administrative appointments at prestigious medical facilities prior to moving to the the University of Southern California in 2001. Former positions include vice-chairman and associate professor of Anaesthesiology at Duke University, chairman and professor of Anaesthesiology at Albany Medical College and chairman and Eric A. Walker Professor of Anaesthesiology at Penn State-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Other notable previous appointments include president and secretary-general of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (now World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care) and chancellor and secretary general of the American College of Critical Care Medicine in which he is a Master Fellow.
He received the Handcock Prize of the Royal College of Surgeons (London) and the Hilmer Burchardi Award from the Society of Critical Care Anaesthesiologists. Prof. Lumb has been honoured for his devotion to the science and practice of anaesthesia. He is a member of several renowned professional societies, including the American Society of Anaesthesiologists, the International Anaesthesia Research Society, the Association of University Anaesthesiologists, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care.


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