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Study Design:

Study Design Dr Syeed Mehbub Kadir Fellow of Orbit & Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Sankar Institute of Ophthalmology Visakhapatnam


Objectives To understand the difference between descriptive and analytic studies To identify the hierarchy of study designs, and the strengths and weakness of each design To be able to apply different study designs to the same research question

Study Design:

Study Design Experimental Randomized controlled trials Quasi Observational Analytic Cross sectional Case-control Cohort studies Descriptive Case report Case series Survey

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Grimes & Schulz, 2002 ( www )

Observational/ Non-interventional study:

Observational/ Non-interventional study Descriptive study: - Case report - Case series - Population study (survey) Analytical study: - Cross-sectional - Case-control - Cohort

Descriptive studies:

Descriptive studies Case report Primary mucinous carcinoma of eyelid: A rare clinical entity Hemi-CRAO in Young Adult case series Eyelid malignancies: A clinico-pathologic studies A Study on Pattern and Nature of Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) patients attending in SFEH Surveys How many patients did macular hole surgery at SFEH in 2010? A prevalence survey of Trachoma in hilly area of visakhapatnam

Descriptive Studies: Uses:

Descriptive Studies: Uses Hypothesis generating Suggesting associations

Analytical Studies:

Analytical Studies Cross-sectional study Case control study Cohort study

Cross-sectional Study:

Cross-sectional Study Data collected at a single point in time Describes associations Prevalence A “ Snapshot ”

* 1000:

* 1000 Prevalence: Point prevalence- Number of all current cases (new & old) at a point in time Population at the same point in time Period prevalence Number of all current cases (new & old) over a period of time Mid year population at risk Incidence rate The no of new cases of a specific disease in a given time Population at risk during that time Prevalence vs. Incidence * 100 * 100

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Cross-sectional Study Sample of Population Smokers Non-smokers Prevalence of TAO Prevalence of TAO Time Frame = Present

Example of a Cross-Sectional Study:

Example of a Cross-Sectional Study 1. Association between Smoking and TAO patients attending in the Orbit & Ophthalmic Plastic services 2. To assess the rate of CNVM among ARMD patients attending in the Dept of Vitreo-retinal services

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Cross-sectional Study SMOKING - T A O + - 90 10 90 10 +

Cross-Sectional Study:

Cross-Sectional Study Strengths Prevalence (not incidence) Fast/Inexpensive - no waiting! No loss to follow up Associations can be studied Weaknesses Cannot establish cause-effect

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Prospective study: Forward looking study (Present ⇨ Future) Risk factors/ Cause outcome of disease e.g- Cohort study Retrospective study: Backward looking study (Past ⇦ Present) Disease Risk factors/ Cause e.g.- Case-control study

Case-Control Study :

Case-Control Study Start with people who have a disease Match them with controls ēout disease Look back and assess exposures Retrospective study

Case-Control Study:

Case-Control Study Patients with CRVO Patients w/o CRVO Present (Outcome) Past (Exposure) Hypertensive Hypertensive Non hypertensive Non hypertensive Cases Controls Comparison

Example of a Case-Control Study:

Example of a Case-Control Study An evaluation of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) measurement of macular and retinal nerve fibre layer thickness of normal and glaucomatous eye

Case-Control Study:

Case-Control Study Patients w POAG Patients w/o PAOG Present (Outcome) Past (Exposure) RNFL thickness by OCT RNFL thickness by OCT Cases Controls

Case-Control Studies: Strengths:

Case-Control Studies: Strengths Good for rare outcomes: cancer Can examine many exposures Useful to generate hypothesis Fast & cheap Smaller Sample is required Provides Odds Ratio

Case-Control Studies: Weaknesses:

Case-Control Studies: Weaknesses Cannot measure Incidence Prevalence Relative Risk Can only study one outcome High susceptibility to bias

Measures of association:

Measures of association Disease Yes No Risk factors Yes A B No C D Sensitivity = A/A+C Specificity = D/B+D Odds ratio: AD/BC 1= no diff. case & control >1 = risk more < 1 = risk less

Cohort Study:

Cohort Study Begin with disease-free patients Classify patients as exposed/unexposed Record outcomes in both groups Compare outcomes using relative risk

Prospective Cohort Study:

Prospective Cohort Study Exposed to risk factors Not exposed to risk factors Do not develop disease Develop disease Develop disease Do not develop disease Present Future comparison Study population wo disease

Example of a Cohort Study:

Example of a Cohort Study 1. To see the effects of smoking on TAO in a population 2. To assess the of radiation on Lung cancer staffs of radiotherapy dept

Cohort study: Tobacco smoking and lung cancer, England & Wales, 1951:

Cohort study: Tobacco smoking and lung cancer, England & Wales, 1951 Cigarettes smoked/d Person-years at risk Cases Rate per 1000 p-y Rate ratio ≥ 25 15 – 24 1-14 none 25,100 38,900 38,600 42,800 57 54 22 03 2.27 1.39 0.57 0.07 32.4 19.8 8.1 Ref.

Measures of Association:

Measures of Association Disease Yes No Yes A B Risk Factor NO C D Risk ratio (relative risk) __ _ __ A___ _ A + B___ _ ___ _C_____ C + D RR = 4 means 4 times risk in exposure than normal

Cohort Study: Strengths :

Cohort Study: Strengths Can calculate incidence data & relative risk Less bias than case control study Retrospective may be done Can measure multiple outcomes Can adjust for confounding variables

Cohort Study: Weaknesses:

Cohort Study: Weaknesses Expensive Time consuming (long term study) Cannot study rare outcomes Confounding variables Exposure may change over time Disease may have a long pre-clinical phase

What distinguishes observational studies from experiments?:

What distinguishes observational studies from experiments? Ability to control for confounding Predictor Outcome Confounder Examples: Smoking Male Dysthyroid optic neuropathy

Clinical Trials:

Clinical Trials Criteria Randomized Blinding Controlled This scientific study provides us ē the information of the efficacy & usefullness of a new drugs, vaccine, surgical procedures, innovations & interventions etc.

What is Blinding?:

What is Blinding? Single blind - participants are not aware of Rx group Double blind - both participants and investigators unaware Triple blind - various meanings persons who perform tests outcome adjudicators safety monitoring group

Clinical Trial:

Clinical Trial Study Population Treatment Group Control Group Outcomes Outcomes R a n d om i z e Comparison

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Clinical Trial Patients w Ocular lymphoma Randomi ze Ivt Rutiximab Ivt methotrexate Comparison Outcome Outcome

Phases of RCT (Drugs):

Phases of RCT (Drugs) Phase I: Healthy volunteers (limited no.) Phase II: On Patients (limited no.) Phase III: Large no of patients in multicentre evaluation Phase IV: Post marketing survillence

Clinical Trials:

Clinical Trials Strengths: Best measure of causal relationship Best design for controlling bias Can measure multiple outcomes Weaknesses: High cost Ethical issues may be a problem Compliance

Quasi study:

Quasi study The interventional study does not fulfill the following criteria: - Randomization - Controlled - Blinding ## Chance of Biasness is more

Analytical Studies: Summary:

Analytical Studies: Summary

Quiz- Study design?:

Quiz- Study design? 1. A Study of Visual Improvement Following Occlusion Therapy as Treatment of Amblyopia in the Older Child. 2. Role of acyclovir on Herpetic epithelial keratitis-Comparison among oral, topical and both routs of administration. 3. Lateral Tarsal strip technique for correction of lower eyelid Ectropion.


Quiz 4. Evaluation of surgical outcome of LPS resection 5. Comparison of corneal endothelial cell loss during phacoemulsification using continuous anterior chamber infusion versus those using ophthalmic viscosurgical device 6. A study of the consequence of cataract patients living in the rural area

Quiz- Study design?:

Quiz- Study design? 7. Relation between retinal vein occlusions and axial length – A comparative study 8. A study of LASER DCR with or without silicone tube intubation 9. Evaluation of single stage adjustable strabismus surgery under conscious sedation

How to write a abstract:

How to write a abstract Abstract is a miniature version of the scientific paper. It should provide a brief summary of each of the main sections of the paper such as Title Author/ Authors name Purpose/ Aim Results Conclusion Keywords: Authors must provide 4-6 keywords < 250 words in length & constructed as a single paragraph

Guidelines for abstract:

Guidelines for abstract Abstract should be written in the past tense It should not contain abbreviations/acronyms It should not contain anything that is not in the paper It should not contain any ref, figure or table It should not contain the place of study Language should be simple & clear

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Lateral Tarsal strip technique for correction of lower eyelid Ectropion Mohamed A. Marzouk* , Ayman A. Shouman , Ehab S.Elzakzouk and M.Tarek A.Elnaggar Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate lateral tarsal strip technique as a simple procedure that can be used in the presenceof lateral canthal tendon laxity or malposition. The technique was used in this study on cases of involutional ,paralytic, and cicatricial ectropion .The surgical outcome from different types of ectropion was compared andevaluated. Patients and methods: This retrospective study reviewed records of 30 patients (41 lids) who had undergone lateral tarsal strip from January-2008 to June-2010. All records were examined to determine the indications, management, outcome, postoperative complications and success rate. Results: A total of 17 males and 13 females made up the study groups. The mean age of the cohort was 59.15 +\- 6.2 yrs (range 4- 65 years).The average follow up period was 24 weeks .The patients were divided into 3 groups:Group A: 10 patients with bilateral involutional ectropion (20 lids). Group B: 10 patients with unilateral paralytic ectropion (10 lids). Group C: 10 patients with cicatricial ectropion 9 unilateral and 1 bilateral (11 lids). Most common presenting feature was persistent tearing, which was seen in all patients, others included lid laxity, lagophthalmos and unacceptable cosmesis. Thirty-five lids obtained satisfactory correction of eyelid ectropion with a simple lateral tarsal strip surgical procedure, while six lids required additional intra operative ancillary procedures to correct the remaining skin laxity, scleral show and residual ectropion. Common ancillary procedures used were excision of skin and muscle strip, lateral tarsorraphy and scar revision in severe cicatricial ectropion. Good aesthetic and functional results were achieved in 85% of cases. Conclusions : Lateral tarsal strip is a simple technique, which can be used in different types of eye lid ectropion. The technique is directed at correcting the anatomical defect, preserving the natural anatomy and maintaining the integrity of tear passage and outflow, rendering excellent cosmetic and functional results. The ancillary procedures used in our study are suggestive of a very specific role for lateral tarsal strip as a sole treatment in correcting various types of eyelid ectropion. Keywords: Lateral Tarsal strip; malposition; paralytic; cicatricial ectropion. Journal of American Science 2011;7(5):394-405].

How to write a scientific paper:

How to write a scientific paper Title Author/ Authors name Abstract Introduction Materials and methods Results Discussion Conclusion & Recommendation Ackknowledgements Reffereces (Vancouver style)


Refference The full reference should be formatted according to Vancouver reference system with numbers in the end of the text. In the text, mention the reference by a superscript number on the end of the line (e.g. 1 ),

Vancouver style:

Vancouver style Journal articles 1. Heijil A, Peters D, Leske MC, Bengtsson B. Effect of Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty in the Early Manifest Glaucoma Trial. AJO. 2011 Nov;152 (5): 842-8 Book Chapter 2. Dolman PJ. Thyroid associated orbitopathy. In: Mallajosyula S, Editor. Surgical atlas of orbital diseases. 1 st ed. Jaypee. New Delhi. 2009. pp. 111-9.


Referrence Conference 3. Haider G, Mukti MR, Kadir SM. Evaluation of surgical outcome of LPS resection in ptosis surgery. In: 38 th Annual national conferrence of Ophthalmological society of Bangladesh; 2011, March 5-8; Dhaka, Bangladesh. Webpage 4. National Library of Medicine. Specialized Information Services: Toxicology and Environmental Health. (Accessed May 23, 2004). Thesis 5. Kadir SM. Eyelid Malignancies: A clinico-pathologic study . MS Thesis, Dhaka University: Bangladesh, January 2009.

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