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A half-day specialty training course titled "Introduction to Outcomes Research: Quality of Life and Health Economics Evaluations," sponsored by the ISTSS Research Methods Interest Group, will be offered at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19-23. The course evolved from suggestions made by interest group members at the 1997 annual meeting in Montreal.

Presenters will be Dennis Revicki, vice president, Center for Health Outcomes Research, and Anne Elixhauser, senior research scientist, both from MEDTAP International in Bethesda, Md. Revicki has more than 17 years of experience in designing and conducting studies involving health-related quality of life assessment, economic evaluation, health services research, medical technology assessment, psychometrics, and primary care. Elixhauser is an expert in health-services research and cost-effectiveness analysis. Her research experience spans an array of topics including economic analyses of preventive interventions; differences in use of health care resources by gender, race, and ethnicity; and measurement of comorbidities using administrative data. Both presenters are well published and well recognized in the field of health outcomes research.

The course will be presented at an introductory level and is intended for researchers and practitioners interested in this important contemporary research area. The course will provide an introduction to health-related quality of life assessment and cost-effectiveness methods. Examples will be used to illustrate key methodological concepts and issues, and emphasis will be placed on prospective designs. Registration information will be included with annual meeting announcements.

The Research Methods Interest Group seeks to foster communications among investigators and practitioners and provide educational opportunities on state-of-the-art methodological approaches for trauma research. The group will
convene at the annual meeting. All interested individuals are invited to attend. Committee co-chairs are Daniel King, PhD, and Lynda King, PhD, National Center for PTSD, Boston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; e-mail: king.daniel@boston.va.gov or lking @world.std.com.