The SPER Advanced Methods Workshop immediately precedes the SPER annual meeting. The workshop provides researchers and students with an introduction to advanced epidemiologic methods.
The 2021 Workshop was held on June 15, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00pm Eastern
Slides are available here.
Causal inference in pediatric and perinatal epidemiologic research: from questions to methods
Causal inference is challenging with real-world data. In many pediatric and perinatal epidemiologic studies, the first challenge is articulating a meaningful causal question. In this workshop, we will briefly introduce attendees to the process (and challenges) of articulating a causal question and how this leads to a choice of statistical analysis. We focus on settings where the question is about causal effects of interventions on a treatment or exposure that varies over time and review some statistical methods that may recover such an effect in longitudinal studies with time-varying confounding. We illustrate an application of these ideas to data from Project Viva, a longitudinal pre-birth cohort study.