From October 1 to October 12 a course on conducting operational research was held in Copenhagen at the base of European Regional Bureau of the WHO within the framework of the European Tuberculosis Research Initiative for the second year in a row. This time 12 participants from such countries as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine were trained.
The European Tuberculosis Research Initiative (ERI-TB) was launched by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 2016 to promote tuberculosis research. The initiative serves as a platform for strengthening operational research capabilities in the WHO European Region. The course program is based on the SORT model (Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative), adapted to the needs of ERI. As part of the ERI-TB operational research course, participants gained practical skills in planning, conducting and monitoring the study, as well as publishing its results. The course consists of 3 modules (Module 1 and 2 from October 1 to October 12, 2018, module 3 from March 1 to March 8, 2019). During these modules, participants will go through all stages of the research process. The final stage of the course will be the preparation of a scientific article for its subsequent submission for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The benefits for participants are: the acquisition of practical skills for conducting the entire process of operational research - from concept development to publication of results; invaluable experience of learning and sharing knowledge in a team of facilitators - experts in the field of operational research from different countries; the opportunity to achieve excellent results, earn recognition as a specialist in operational research, prepare for more extensive research and lead the role of research in their country.
This year Belarus was represented by Dmitry M. Zhurkin (Assistant of the Department of Phthisiopulmonology of the Belarusian State Medical University) and Dmitry S. Kotovich (Research Fellow of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Pulmonology and Phthisiology). The Department of Phthisiopulmonology in the framework of the research work carries out research on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis. This course has become an excellent motivator for the discovery of the scientific potential of the department staff, which will certainly affect the quality of further research conducted at the Department of Phthisiopulmonology.
Author: Dmitry M. Zhurkin, Assistant of the Department of Phthisiopulmonology