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Running Randomised Clinical Trials

This 4 day course will improve your knowledge and skills in the design, practical conduct, management and analysis of randomised clinical trials (RCTs). Combining talks and workshop activities, you will be guided through the principles, methodology and practical implementation of RCTs.

25/06/2019 to 28/06/2019
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Where: iPCHS, David Wetherall Building
Keele University
West Midlands ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

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RCTs are widely regarded as the principal approach to obtain a reliable evaluation of the treatment effectiveness of healthcare interventions. The design, implementation and analysis of these trials must be of the highest quality to ensure that the conclusions drawn from this are accurate - this course aims to provide you with that knowledge.
The Keele Clinical Trials Unit has strong collaborations with clinical partners, and proven capacity and expertise in running pragmatic RCTs of complex interventions in a range of settings. Our trials programme has attracted funding over the last decade from various funding bodies (e.g. Arthritis Research UK, NIHR, MRC, and National Lottery Charities

Course content:

Day 1: Key principles and critical appraisal of randomised clinical trials
Day 2: Managing randomised clinical trials: key issues from protocol to implementation
Day 3: Data issues in the implementation and analysis of randomised clinical trials
Day 4: Monitoring, health economics and presentation of developed RCTs.

Who should attend:

  • Individuals who are new to clinical trials, embarking on clinical trial research or have some experience of
    designing and running trials.
  • Both clinical researchers (including allied healthcare professionals) and nonclinical researchers (trial managers & R&D managers).
  • Individuals interested in clinical trials in a primary care setting, at the primary/secondary care interface and in secondary care.

Course objectives: 

  • Develop awareness of clinical trial design and methodology
  • Evaluate key components of clinical trials (e.g. trial recruitment, randomisation, blinding, data quality)
  • Appreciate the value and role of research governance when applied to clinical trials
  • Practical experience of protocol development
  • Enhance critical appraisal skills of published trials
  • Develop data management and analysis skills
  • Appreciate health economics analysis in trials

The course cost is £600 (not including accommodation). 

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