An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Medical Decision Making Research
Course Description and Objectives:
We present an overview of basic SEM principles, common nomenclature, diagrams, a tiny bit of algebra, and how to conduct SEM analyses with many relevant illustrative examples for medical decision-makers. We will introduce short course participants to some widely used SEM and related techniques for research such as factor analysis, mediation/moderation analysis, measurement equivalence testing, latent growth curve modeling, mixture modeling and partial least squares-SEM.
Finally, we will present analyses of real-world examples using SEM software. In this course, you will:
Enrich your way of thinking about medical decision-making problems
Learn fundamental concepts underpinning structural equation models
Understand advantages of SEM over traditional statistical modeling
Gain knowledge of resources and techniques for causal modeling
Be able to interpret results of advanced causal modeling techniques
Be able to use results for guiding future theorization of mediation process
Be introduced to software for implementing SEM analyses
Whether you want to know how to critique a SEM article, use SEM in your research, or engage a few SEM researchers in some feisty methods discussions, sign up! We'd love to visit with you and share our expertise. In addition to our numerous collective peer-reviewed contributions to SEM and medical decision-making literatures, Drs. Gunzler, Perzynski, and Carle recently published "Structural Equation Modeling for Health and Medicine," a book written specifically for multidisciplinary researchers in medical settings who seek to understand and apply SEM in their work.
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