Clinical Epidemiology Unit - Alfred
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Clinical epidemiology is the application of epidemiological methods to the care of patients. It includes critical appraisal, evidence based medicine and the development of clinical guidelines. The activities of this unit include undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; short courses; advisory work; clinical services and The Cochrane Collaboration.
Head: Professor Michael Abramson
Post Doctoral Fellows
Much of the department's research falls within the scope of clinical epidemiology. For example, randomised clinical trials of Vitamin E offer the prospect of preventing vascular disease and cataracts. In collaboration with the Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital, we have established and evaluated asthma education, both for patients attending the Asthma & Allergy Clinic and also for health professionals, such as community health nurses. We are also collaborating with the Centre for Clinical Effectiveness at Monash Medical Centre.
Michael Abramson is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research (ACRBR), a consortium consisting of RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Telstra Research Laboratories, Monash University and the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Sciences in Adelaide.
In the new 5 year curriculum, medical students learn evidence based clinical practice integrated with problem based learning. Critical appraisal commences in MED1022 Population Health and evidence searches undertaken as part of MED2042 Knowledge Management.
The Diploma of Clinical Epidemiology, which commenced in 1996, has now graduated 51 students. Graduates are able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the principles of rational decision making in clinical practice and are able to develop small clinical research projects. One group of students have recently published a systematic review of single versus multiple dose antimicrobial prophylaxis for major surgery, which they undertook as an assignment for the meta-analysis subject. A Master of Clinical Epidemiology which includes a research project and/or additional coursework has graduated 8 students.