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Blog post: PROGRESS Summer School in Prognosis Research 2018

Updated: Aug 15, 2018

Four of our PhD-students (Rikke, Daniel, Tarjei and Ørjan) went to this year's edition of PROGRESS summer school. Here is a brief summary of our meeting with Keele University and all the participants at the summer school.

Prognosis research is key in musculoskeletal health research. However, prognosis research has not been held to the same standard as clinical trials, and thus the quality of prognosis research has been mixed. The PROGnosis RESearch Strategy offers a framework for conducting prognosis research, and for better quality in prognosis research. From June 25th to June 27th, four of our PhD-students in the MUSK Health Research group attended the PROGRESS Summer School in Prognosis Research. 

The course was held in beautiful surroundings at Keele University in the British countryside. It was three action-packed days, with researchers in all stages of their careers from all over the world. The course was skillfully lead by Professors Daniëlle van der Windt and Richard Riley. In addition, there were a host of knowledgeable presenters and discussion facilitators during the course, most notably Professors Peter Croft and Nadine Foster. 

Every day started off with a full English breakfast and perhaps one too many cups of coffee and proceeded with in-depth teaching into the PROGRESS framework for prognosis research. Day one covered overall prognosis research and prognostic factor research, day two prognostic model research, day three stratified care research. Plenty of time was given for group discussions and assignments, which was a welcome addition and offered more practical work into how the framework can be applied. Each day ended with an informal dinner, both at the quintessential Sneyd Arms pub and in the beautiful Keele Hall. 

Our PhD-students Rikke and Ørjan will apply knowledge from this course in their work in their study BAck Complaints in the Elderly. Tarjei will bring knowledge of designing prognosis research into the Motivational Interviewing-NAV study, and Daniel will use knowledge of the PROGRESS framework and prognostic research in designing the Ad-Shoulder trial.

The course was high-quality, and a must if you are doing prognosis research or designing prognostic studies. We would like to thank the PROGRESS group and Keele University for hosting this course, and for their work in raising the quality of prognosis research.