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Washington, DC, 13 March, 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the EQUATOR Network, launched the Spanish version of the self-learning course to help increase the value of research. The course was initially launched in English, in July 2018, and the Portuguese version is coming soon.

This course is called  "Reporting Guidelines: simple and powerful tools to increase the impact and visibility of research. A virtual course on enhancing the value of research with research reporting standards."  It is designed to reduce waste research by providing current research reporting standards to people who plan to conduct, report, edit, publish or appraise research.

This is a free introductory virtual course which can be completed independently at your own pace with quizzes to help embed the learning points. It doesn’t replace formal training in research methods, such as graduate degrees in epidemiology.

It is primarily aimed at people with an interest in improving the quality of research projects to improve health, and on increasing the usability of reports for decision-making. The target audience includes graduate and undergraduate students, professionals at international organizations and research institutions, researchers, editors, peer reviewers. To register, users need to create an account in PAHO’s Virtual Campus of Public Health. The course consists of four modules that provide an overview of good reporting practice at all stages of research.

The course consists of four modules that provide an overview of good reporting practice at all stages of research.

Module 1. Importance of good research reporting: be ethical, thorough and make your editor "happy".

Module 2. Road map to reporting guidelines: how to find them and use them.

Module 3. Getting your work published more easily: structure and rationale to make your report relevant for health.

Module 4. Linking research planning, knowledge translation, and policies.

At the end of this course, participants will know how to use research reporting guidelines at all stages, from the planning of the research proposal through the research findings. This will help them deliver impactful high-quality research and make their research processes more transparent, well reported, and relevant for national and international health agendas. The course is available on the Virtual Campus platform.

To start the course in English, click here; and for the Spanish version, click here.