Additional Education Ageing in Europe
Full course description
Skills training: OECD database
The general objective of this training is gaining experience in using an international electronic database with respect to health problems in the older persons and their determinants. The database is developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which collects information on indicators related to international developments in health, prosperity, well-being and the use and costs of care in more than 30 countries. The specific objectives of the session are: 1) to get acquainted with the OECD database, 2) to answer a specific research question using the database and, 3) to develop your knowledge about international differences in demographic profile, health, illness and their determinants in an ageing population.
Skills training: Cross-cultural training
In addition to being a primary research outcome in some studies, health-related quality of life is increasingly analysed as a secondary research outcome in a range of international, multi-centred clinical trials. Most health-related quality of life tools are developed in English, either in the USA or in the UK, but if a researcher wants to use such measures, these need to be translated, adapted and validated for the local language and setting, but the results of the study will only be as good as the validity and reliability of the translated instrument. The training focuses therefore, on issues surrounding the cross-cultural translation and validation of existing health-related quality of life measures. Students will work in small groups to develop a protocol based on existing literature to translate and validate a health-related quality of life tool for the older persons from English into a language and cultural setting of your choice. In order to complete this module requirement, it is necessary that you watch the online lectures on the Student Portal. You will then work in project teams to start the process of developing your tool. If you have questions, please do use the online question hour (22 May) in preparation for your presentation of the protocol which takes place on 29 May. Please note, the presentation is a compulsory activity.
The module has been designed to ensure that you are capable of achieving learning outcomes in each of these domains as follows:
Knowledge and understanding
- insight and knowledge about the demographic profile of ageing in Europe
- basic knowledge of statistical procedures to determine the reliability and validity of quality of life and similar tools
- understand the possibilities of distance learning
- demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity towards the diversity found in Europe’s ageing population
- present an academic paper on your study findings
- make use of an international electronic database to analyse the health problems and determinants encountered by the elderly
- make use of a virtual classroom to join an online interactive lecture