Date and venue
To implement an efficient health policy, public health authorities are in need of evidence-based information on health determinants and evolutions in the domain of public health. Health surveys are important tools in this respect. When organizing a health survey, many methodological challenges need to be faced. They relate among others to sampling, development of research instruments, organization and follow up of the field work, data collection and analysis of the results.
It is vital that the methodological choices made are based on scientific evidence and allow estimating the reliability and validity of the information that is obtained.
The objective of the workshop is to foster scientific exchanges on methodological aspects of survey research. More specifically, the aims of the meeting are:
- to stimulate the use of correct scientific methods in health survey research;
- to illustrate these methods by presentation of examples of health surveys from Belgium and abroad;
- to establish exchange among national and international experts with respect to new developments in the organisation of health surveys from an international perspective.
During the workshop, national and international experts will give presentations on various topics in the domain of health survey methodology. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
A poster session is scheduled during the lunch break. The workshop will be concluded with a panel discussion on hopes and perils for health-related survey research.
The 2010 workshop, entitled “Methods in health survey research” is organised in close collaboration with the University of Hasselt and the University of Liège.
The workshop is financed by the Belgian Association of Public Health (BAPH) with support from the Research Foundation – Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – FWO).
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Scientific steering group
The members of the scientific steering group for the 2010 workshop are listed below:
- Aelvoet Wim (FPS Public Health – BAPH)
- Albert Adelin (ULg)
- Bilsen Johan (VUB)
- Buziarsist Jamila (IPH – BAPH)
- Coppieters Yves (ULB)
- Dauvrin Marie (UCL)
- Drieskens Sabine (IPH – BAPH)
- Lorant Vincent (UCL)
- Molenberghs Geert (UHasselt – KULeuven)
- Neuprez Audry (ULg)
- Tancredi Annalisa (ULg)
- Tellier Véronique (Observatoire de Santé – Wallonie)
- Van der Heyden Johan (IPH – BAPH)
- Van Hal Guido (UA)
- Van Herck Koen (UGent – UA)
- Van Oyen Herman (IPH – UGent)
Geert Molenberghs, IBioStat, UHasselt – KULeuven: Survey sampling
Marie Patry, Statistics Canada: Design and analysis of health-related surveys in a federal country
Hanna Tolonen, National Institute for Health and Welfare Department of Chronic Disease Prevention, Helsinki: Health examination surveys
Wim Vanden Berghe, Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp: FAQ IT! : a venue-based HIV prevalence study among men who have sex with men – on methods and ethics
I Godin, Ecole de Santé Publique, ULB, A Hublet, Vakgroep Maatschappelijke Gezondheidkunde, UGent: Survey on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
Johan Van der Heyden, Stefaan Demarest, Sabine Drieskens, Lydia Gisle and Jean Tafforeau, IPH: Belgian Health Interview Survey 2008. Access to database by external users
Denis Baudouin, Marianne Prévost, Elysée Somassè and Marie Marganne, Fédération des maisons médicales: The dashboard of ‘Maisons médicales’
Niels Hens, Nele Goeyvaerts, Benson Ogunjimi, Olivier Lejeune, Marc Aerts, Philippe Beutels, UHasselt & UAntwerpen: Estimating transmission parameters for infectious diseases using social contact data