Research Methodology May 18-21, 2018

Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac.
Dr. Jennifer Brett received her doctor of naturopathic medicine in1987 from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon. She also had training in traditional Chinese medicine in 1988 from Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (Now Tri-State College), NYC. Dr. Brett is licensed to practice both naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Since 2001, she has been the director of the Acupuncture Institute, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.
Dr. Brett has been a well-known educator and teacher in the field of Chinese medicine in the US. She has been teaching research methodology, practice management and TCM courses in various schools across the country. She is also member of various TCM boards, councils and committees as well as editor of professional journals.
In Dr. Brett’s lecture, the basic principles of clinical and laboratory research are examined with a special emphasis on the applications of acupuncture and oriental techniques in the research setting. Application of research to case evaluation and evidence-informed practices will be emphasized.
Course objectives include:
1. Understand research terminology
2. Demonstrate fluency in information literacy
3. Use a collection of research databases to locate acupuncture and medical information
4. Read and critically review a research paper
5. Understand the significance of evidence-informed practices in acupuncture practice & research
6. Compare well designed studies with poorly designed studies by evaluating study design, appropriateness of participants, clinical significance of outcomes measures
7. Recognize general & specific outcome measures used in research
8. Understand research ethics and informed consent
9. Compare different types of research
10. List methodological challenges to acupuncture research
11. Understand the basic approach to integrating western in vivo and in vitro biomedical studies with TCM practice.