Recent CDC Studies about COVID in California: An Epidemiological Review and Critique

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2022
March 18, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

New studies about various aspects of the COVID pandemic are released daily and the sheer volume makes it impossible to keep up. These studies vary in their designs and methodological rigor and therefore in their level of research validity. In this webinar, HQI’s epidemiologist will provide a historical perspective of the COVID epidemic in California and review the findings, point out strengths, and critique the methodologies used in several recent COVID studies based on California data. The following CDC studies are currently potential candidates for review during the webinar, though the actual studies reviewed will differ if particularly interesting ones are published in the interim:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  • Understand the major findings from recent COVID studies in California
  • Identify methodological flaws and strengths in recent COVID studies in California
  • Be able to weigh the evidence and appropriately interpret recent COVID studies in California

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Scott Masten joined HQI in 2016 to help develop the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform (HQIP) data warehouse and advance our data processing, analysis, and reporting capabilities, as well as provide statistical consulting, program evaluation, and education for member hospitals. He has a multidisciplinary background in injury epidemiology (PhD, UNC Chapel Hill) and experimental psychology (MA, CSU Sacramento) and is skilled in a large array of statistical techniques including ARIMA time series analysis, logistic regression, Cox proportional hazards survival analysis, generalized linear regression modeling, factor analysis, ANOVA/MANOVA covariate models, non-parametric techniques, stratified epidemiological analysis, meta-analysis, power analysis, comparisons of complex samples, and psychometric reliability and validity.