Course Cardiovascular registries in Denmark: potential and pitfalls

ECTS: 0.4

Course leader: Morten Schmidt

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: ClinFO

Course fee: 480.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2023

Application deadline: 04/05/2023

Start date: 01/06/2023

Administrator: Lena Melchior Villadsen

The course C311/02 Cardiovascular registries in Denmark: potential and pitfalls is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2023.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: To provide an overview and update on Danish registries and their potential use for cardiovascular research. With a critical review of the completeness and validity of data, this course is essential for researchers using Danish registries to define cardiovascular cohorts, exposures, outcomes, and co-variables.  

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course the student will have an overview of cardiovascular data sources in Denmark, insights into their data quality, and tools to access data quality in their own research.

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 9,5 hours.

Content: The course will use a combination of lectures, examples, and discussions to cover the following topics:

  • Why Denmark is a frontrunner in epidemiology
  • Historic overview of registries
  • Types of cardiovascular data sources (Administrative databases, Health databases, and Clinical quality databases)
  • Registry data for use in pragmatic trials
  • Data quality (completeness and validity)
  • Information bias (misclassification)
  • Validation studies: What it is and how is it conducted
  • Overview of registry reviews and validation studies
  • Validity of cardiovascular variables in the Danish National Patient Registry
  • Examples of misclassification (e.g., identification of NSAIDs from prescription registries)
  • Group work

Instructors: Morten Schmidt

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Health Research Year students and Health Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 01 June 2023 08:00 - 16:00