Introduction Pharmacoepidemiology is a key discipline for understanding the safety of medicines. It is also being increasingly recognised as a practical tool for supporting risk management and in planning safety activities at the time medicines are authorised. This course is aimed at introducing delegates to the core concepts of this scientific discipline. Attendance at this course can be used as part of the training required for Higher Medical Training (HMT) and Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST). Aims - To provide students with a grounding in, and analysis of, core principles of epidemiology - To show how epidemiological techniques are applied to pharmacoepidemiological studies - To review the development of pharmacoepidemiology as a science and its place in modern medicine - To review modern methods and data sources used in pharmacoepidemiology - To develop a critical understanding of the types, assessment and appropriate application of post-marketing drug safety data and their contribution to the marketing, regulatory compliance, safety monitoring and risk management associated with pharmaceuticals This course can be taken as a stand alone short course or as part of our postgraduate programme in pharmacovigilance, in association with the University of Portsmouth.
On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to: - Critically analyse the relationship between epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology - Define and justify the elements of an ideal database to be used to conduct a pharmacoepidemiological study of a drug safety issue - Differentiate the important features of pharmacoepidemiological investigations that allow comparisons within and between pharmacoepidemiological data resources - Critically apply common techniques of analysis in the interpretation of pharmacoepidemiological data for pharmacovigilance purposes