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RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL COURSE: A Guide to Design, Conduct, Analysis, Interpretation & Reporting
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25/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
When: 25-29 September 2017
Where: Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Pembroke Square
Oxford, East Midlands  OX1 1DW
United Kingdom
Contact: Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

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This course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for the evaluation of healthcare interventions. It will include talks and practicals to give examples and guidance on the methodology of trials using a problem-based learning approach.


Course objectives:


    * Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs

    * Demonstrate the optimal methodology to use in RCTs based on considerable practical experience and using extensive examples from the literature

    * Examine the critical issues involved in planning, conducting and completing a successful trial

    * Provide a basic understanding of statistical input into RCTs per se including analyses frequently used

    * Facilitate critical appraisal of RCTs


Course tutors include:

  • Prof Doug Altman, Professor of Statistics in Medicine, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology ad Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology ad Musculoskeletal Sciences and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Susan Dutton, Lead Statistician, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Dr Vicki Barber, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • Prof Ed Juszczak, Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford

Who should attend: The course is aimed at those planning or actively involved in trials, or individuals interested in furthering their knowledge of trial methodology. Applications are invited from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine. The course provides an overview of clinical trials and would benefit persons early in their career or serve as a refresher for more experienced individuals.


Course fees: £1350 (£1250 for applications received before 30 June 2017).  Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course banquet (Thursday evening), a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials, and a choice of book (Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, Friedman LM, Furberg CD & DeMets DL OR Practical Statistics for Medical Research, Altman DG).


Please visit or email for more information or to register. Registration closes on 1 August 2017 or when the course is full, whichever is sooner.