Understanding Observational Studies in the time of COVID-19 | Study methods

Tuesday 18 May 2021

The third session in a series of short webinars introducing you to pharmacoepidemiology

Session 3: “Study methods ”
18 May 2021 | 16:30-17:15 (GMT+1)

Book to attend this and other sessions below.


About this webinar series

Pharmacoepidemiology is a key discipline for understanding the safety of medicines, which has made important contributions to our understanding of drug safety. It is also being increasingly recognised as a practical tool for supporting risk management and planning safety activities at the time medicines are authorised. Expertise in pharmacoepidemiology is now a must for any research-based pharmaceutical company.

This series of webinars is aimed at introducing you to the basic concepts of pharmacoepidemiology, with some topical COVID-19 examples.

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A joint FPM and DSRU Education Event Collaboration – Supporting Pharmaceutical Medicine Physicians and Scientists


  • Tuesday 4th May | 16:30-17:15

    Principles of pharmacoepidemiology

    Introduction to this series by Dr Craig Hartford, FPM
    Speakers: Prof Saad Shakir and Dr Vicki Osborne, Drug Safety Research Unit


  • Tuesday 11th May | 1630-1715

    Data sources in pharmacoepidemiology (including disease / drug registries)

    Introduction by Dr Craig Hartford, FPM
    Speakers: Mrs Lorna Hazell and Dr Vicki Osborne, Drug Safety Research Unit


  • Tuesday 18th May | 1630-1715

    Study methods

    Introduction by Dr Sheuli Porkess, FFPM
    Speakers: Prof Saad Shakir and Dr Debabrata Roy, Drug Safety Research Unit


  • Tuesday 25th May | 1630-1715

    Data analytics / estimates / definitions

    Introduction by Prof. Tim Higenbottam, FPM President
    Speakers: Dr Debabrata Roy and Dr Vicki Osborne, Drug Safety Research Unit

Learning outcomes

  • Have a good understanding of the definition and scope of epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Explain the key methods used in pharmacoepidemiology
  • Understand how pharmacoepidemiology is used to monitor the safety of new COVID-19 treatments and vaccines


  • To provide delegates with an introduction to the core principles of epidemiology
  • To explain the key methods used in pharmacoepidemiology
  • To show how epidemiological techniques are applied to pharmacoepidemiological studies on COVID-19 drugs

Booking for this session is now closed


If you attend this course you can use it as CPD for your appraisal. To do so you’ll need to provide:

  • evidence (certificate of attendance), and
  • reflection, specifically a couple of paragraphs on what you learnt, what effect it will have on your current practice and how it relates to Good Medical Practice.

Upload these into your portfolio and self-allocate your CPD points at 0.25 credits per 15 mins.

Booking Information

FPM will close bookings at 12:00 on 18 May 2021.

Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or you would like to be invoiced, please email training@fpm.org.uk.

Joining instructions will be emailed to attendee’s registered e-mail address, with a reminder sent on 18 May 2021.

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