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Epidemiological investigation of neurological disorders: global measurement of disease impact
Serbia (IFMSA-Serbia) - University of Belgrade, Belgrade
: Institute of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Visegradska 26A, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Prof. Dr Tatjana Pekmezovic
Professor Tatjana Pekmezovic, MD, PhD, Associate Professor Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, MD, PhD, Teaching Assistant Tatjana Gazibara, MD, PhD, Teaching Assistant Gorica Maric, MD, Teaching Assistant Aleksa Jovanovic MD.
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The strategies adopted to decrease the public health impact of neurological disorders are based on epidemiological data, research on risk and other public health factors relevant to the prevention and treatment of neurological disorders. It is well known that neurological patients are burdened with numerous serious problems affecting physical functioning, mental health with special influence on cognitive and emotional functioning, and social activities. All mentioned aspects significantly affect quality of life in these patients. Therefore, the use of health related quality of life (HRQL) measures enable a better description of all these problems through the correlation between HRQL domains and clinical and socio-demographic variables.
What is the aim of the project?
In this project studies will be performed to examine: 1) health-related quality of life (HRQL) of selected neurological patients and their caregivers in order to provide a global measure of disease impact, 2) cost of neurological disorders. These studies will be conducted in population-based cohorts and hospital-based samples.
What techniques and methods are used?
In the project different types of HRQL studies are planned: a) Studies of validation of disease-specific questionnaires in which will be tested their sensitivity and reproducibility in settings of patients with various neurological disorders, with aim to refine and adjust them to the widest possible cultural context; b) Studies (correlation and regression) to assess factors which influence HRQL such as demographic, social, economic, behavioral, and clinical.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will participate in collecting data on patients by questionnaires, entering the data into the database, processing and performing preliminary statistical analysis, as well as interpretation of obtained results. The student will be able to acquire knowledge about statistical analysis and preparation of scientific paper.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Preliminary readings, short statistical course in computer lab
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report - The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication - No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
There are no limitations concerning the level of studies.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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