American Society For Nutrition

Webinar: Understanding and Interpreting Meta-Analyses in Nutrition Research

Webinar: Understanding and Interpreting Meta-Analyses in Nutrition Research

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Date Recorded: February 12, 2014 
Time: 2pm ET

Aging and Chronic Disease RIS Chair: Christy Tangney, PhD, Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Rush University Med Center

Speaker: Terri Pigott, PhD, Professor of Research Methodology, Loyola University at Chicago 
and co-Chair and co-Editor of the Methods Group for the Campbell Collaboration.  

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The goals of this webinar are to familiarize the attendee with the following:

  • Describe the major components - steps and possible missteps in conducting a meta-analysis
  • Formulation of a research question and implications for criteria for study inclusion/exclusion
  • Assessment of outcome(s)
  • Analysis: effect size, homogeneity, adjusting for confounding, etc.
  • Interpretation
  • Extrapolation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the key elements of performing a meta-analysis
  2. Describe the major threats to interpretation and extrapolation of these findings
  3. Differentiate between systematic review and a meta-analysis

CPE Credit Designation Statement

ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 CPEUs. Dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians.

Learning Level 2

*In order to receive CPE credit, you must participate in the survey, linked above.

Suggested Learning Codes:

3000: Nutrition assessment & Diagnosis
9060: Research development and design
9070: Research instruments and techniques

“We recommend that all webinar attendees read the following article that will be discussed in the webinar:

Kwak SM et al. Efficacy of omega-3 fatty acid supplements (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Arch Intern Med2012;172(9):686-694."