New ECRI Institute Course Educates Researchers on Writing More Effective Evidence-based Conclusions

Interactive webinar shows health technology researchers how to make their findings easier to use and understand

Sep 03, 2015, 09:44 ET from ECRI Institute

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Analyzing a body of clinical data on a health technology can be a challenge for both new and seasoned health technology researchers. But creating clear, actionable conclusions that accurately express their findings may be just as big a challenge.

ECRI Institute's new educational program, "Developing Clear Health Technology Assessment Conclusions for Better Decision Making," is designed to teach attendees how to turn complex clinical research findings into easy-to-read conclusions and abstracts that help hospitals, clinicians, payers, and policy makers make well-informed, timely healthcare decisions.

The two-part webinar series, held September 15 and 22, 2015, features instructors from ECRI Institute's Health Technology Assessment Information Service and Evidence-based Practice Center, who will teach attendees how to:    

  • Avoid common pitfalls, such as simple restatements, vague wording, or wishful thinking
  • Utilize five components of well-written conclusions, and understand why they're important
  • Practice writing clear conclusions using data from three existing systematic reviews
  • Understand the motivations for writing clear abstracts
  • Learn about PRISMA for Abstracts as a tool to improve abstract writing

"Our health technology assessment research experts will walk participants through the dos and don'ts of creating succinct, meaningful conclusions while remembering the needs of the end users—which include policy makers as well as clinicians—as they summarize complex clinical findings," says Vivian H. Coates, vice president, information services and health technology assessment, ECRI Institute.

This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ECRI Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ECRI Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for up to 3.0 California State Nursing contact hours by the provider, Debora Simmons, who is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13677.

To learn more or to register, visit or contact ECRI Institute by e-mail at; by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA. ECRI's European office can be contacted at; ECRI's Malaysian office can be contacted at; and ECRI's Middle Eastern office can be contacted at ECRI also offers free resources in our online eNewsletters.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

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