The quarter is underway, and journal club is back. This week will will discuss Tusting et al’s meta-analysis of socioeconomic development as an intervention against malaria.
I wonder if the forest plot is here to stay?
It presents a lot of information, but maybe it could emphasize the important parts more. There is great benefit to having a standard way to present systematic review data, however, so any changes need to be for huge benefit or just little tweaks.
For my records, last week we read a yet-to-be-submitted paper in development here at IHME. The week before that we read Tarde’s idea of quantification by Latour.
This week we follow up on a thread that emerged from our challenging reading in anthropology, the role of religion in public health, with the paper Religion and health: public health research and practice by Chatters, described by my colleague who recommended it as “a little dated but is still a sort of touchstone piece”.
This week in journal club we will read Improving the Measurement of Maternal Mortality: The Sisterhood Method Revisited by Merdad et al. A method I am quite fond of.
This week’s paper Effect of the Newhints home-visits intervention on neonatal mortality rate and care practices in Ghana: a cluster randomised controlled trial, by Kirkwood et al. Cluster randomized trials and meta-analysis, a good combination to put new results in the context of the old.
This week in journal club we are reading something that I’m not going to name, because it says “do not cite or distribute without permission” on the top of the paper. This secret paper sounds interesting, maybe I can tell you about it some day.
We’ve selected a locally grown paper for discussion in journal club this week, India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer programme to increase births in health facilities: an impact evaluation, by Lim et al, with a focus on the methods: the paper has “used three analytical approaches (matching, with-versus-without comparison, and differences in differences) to assess the effect of JSY on antenatal care, in-facility births, and perinatal, neonatal, and maternal deaths.”
This week I had to draft a fellow to present, so I picked something short to read: Digital Epidemiology by Salathé et al.
This week in journal club we will take on yet another locally produced paper, Nets, spray or both? The effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying in reducing malaria morbidity and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.
Or as the authors put it: “these findings suggest that greater reductions in malaria morbidity and health gains for children may be achieved with ITNs and IRS combined beyond the protection offered by IRS or ITNs alone.”
This week brings another locally grown reading to our journal club, Algorithms for enhancing public health utility of national causes-of-death data. As they say in the text:
While some practitioners may object to the term “garbage code” as pejorative, alternative terms have not yet caught on in the literature. We follow this practice and use the term garbage code (GC) to refer to all deaths assigned to codes that should be redistributed to enhance the validity of public health analysis.