Take Charge of Your Health:
Finding and Understanding Medical Research to Navigate Treatment Options

Online Course for Anyone Seeking Information for Themselves or a Loved One

Taught by Julie K. Staples, Ph.D.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a health condition you might be wondering:
  • Which is the best choice of treatment?
  • How do I evaluate statements made about? a treatment?
  • Will complementary or integrative therapies help?
Medical research is a great resource to answer these questions – but it can be hard to find and understand.
In this course you will:
  • Find out the best way to use a a free resource from the National Library of Medicine to locate medical research in your area of interest
  • Learn how to identify the most relevant published research studies and how to locate the information you need when you read them
  • Discover how to participate in clinical trials (medical research studies)
The course includes: 3 one-hour pre-recorded sessions in addition to a free 30 minute strategy session with Julie Staples
The following topics are covered:
Session 1
Overview of Research
Types of studies
Identifying the best studies
Cochrane database for finding reviews of research
Session 2
How to Search the Scientific Literature
Setting up a search strategy
Searching PubMed database
Identifying useful studies
Obtaining the studies
Session 3
Understanding a Research Study
The elements of a research paper
How data is presented
How to locate the “take home” message
Finding clinical trials
Cost: $59
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Previously Recorded February 2017


I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2015. I know how frightening and confusing it can be when dealing with a serious illness. I have been a medical researcher for 25 years but I did not really understand how valuable the medical literature can be to patients until I had to deal with my own illness. Being able to find and read the research made a huge difference for me. I want that for you too!