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Fall 2015 Workshop

Monday, October 19, 2015


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Using Propensity Scores to Effectively Design and Analyze Observational Studies

Thomas E. Love, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Case Western Reserve University

About The Workshop
This course describes and demonstrates effective strategies for using propensity score methods to address the potential for selection bias in observational studies comparing the effectiveness of treatments or exposures. We review the main analytical techniques associated with propensity score methods (matching, weighting, multivariate regression adjustment and stratification using the propensity score, sensitivity analysis for matched samples) and describe key strategic concerns related to effective propensity score estimation, assessment and display of covariate balance, choice of analytic technique, and communicating results effectively. Although we will focus on established approaches to dealing with design and analytical challenges, we conclude the session by reviewing some literature regarding recent methodological advances in propensity scores and application of propensity score methods to problems in health policy research.

About The Presenter


Thomas E. Love, PhD is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine here in scenic Cleveland. He also serves as Director of the Biostatistics & Evaluation Unit at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Love has wide experience with applying and teaching statistical methods for observational studies. He has led courses on propensity score methods from 90 minutes to 40 hours, for which he has won numerous teaching awards, including awards from CWRU and the Society for Medical Decision Making. Other audiences have included conferences given by statistical, medical and health-related societies, and several industrial and pharmaceutical organizations.

His CV includes well over 50 publications on and using propensity methods in medical and statistical journals. He has also taught award-winning short courses in cluster randomized trial design. Dr. Love was 2010 Chair of the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, and Co- Chair of the 2011 International Conference on Health Policy Statistics. He serves as Associate Editor of The American Statistician and formerly of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, and has served on multiple NIH study sections. Dr. Love also directs the Data Center for the newly renamed Better Health Partnership (betterhealthpartnership.org), an alliance of regional health care providers, payers and consumers dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a healthier place to live and a better place to do business. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

In his spare time, Tom performs in regional and community theater, plays golf, watches baseball, and spends as much time as possible with his wife, Sheryl, an intellectual property attorney, and his teenage sons, Kevin and Brian. They live in Shaker Heights. Twenty-one years in town has not yet made him a real fan of Cleveland teams, other than the Cavaliers, but that's a combination of his prior disregard for the NBA, bandwagon-jumping, and the simultaneous presence of LeBron and his son's namesake, which amps up the excitement.

Location and Time

  • Location:
    Cleveland Clinic
    Lerner Research Building (NA), 5th floor, rooms NA5- 24 & 25
    (all the way at the end of the hallway)

  • Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Time: 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM (coffee, tea and bagels at 8:30AM)


  • $50 Member of Cleveland ASA Chapter
  • $25 Students
  • $60 for all others

    Each lunch will come with a Split Top Sandwich (Turkey & Cheddar, Roast Beef & Swiss, Chicken Salad, or Vegetarian), a bag of chips, a cookie, and a can of pop.

Parking and Directions

  • Visitor parking is located across the street in Parking Garage #2
    (corner of East 100th Street and Carnegie, see map with registration form)
  • Attendees should plan to pay for all day parking which is $10.00.
  • From Parking Garage #2, take the elevators to the 3rd floor
    Upon exiting at the 3rd floor, take the skyway to the Lerner Research Building
    Take the elevators in the Lerner Research Building to the 5th floor
    Rooms NA5-24&25 will be at the end of the hallway


You may download a PDF workshop announcement and registration form here:

Fall 2015 Workshop Announcement and Registration Form

Mailed registrations must be received by October 5, 2015.
Space is limited.
Registrations will be accepted on-site on the day of the event,
space permitting, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


For questions, please contact John Holcomb at j.p.holcomb@csuohio.edu

This workshop is supported by the American Statistical Association
Council of Chapters Traveling Course Program