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Randomised Controlled Trials Course: A Guide to Design, Conduct, Analysis, Interpretation and Reporting

Date: September 17, 2018 (Duration: 5 Days)

Location: Merton College, Oxford


Now in its 16th year, this course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for evaluating healthcare interventions. You will learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of clinicians, statisticians, and trial managers, all with a wealth of RCT experience. The course uses a problem-based learning approach, including lectures and small-group practical sessions, and grounds all learning in practical experience and examples from the literature.

Course objectives:

* Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs

* Demonstrate the optimal methodology to use in RCTs

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

* Provide a basic understanding of the statistics used to plan and analyse RCTs

* Teach critical appraisal skills and practice appraising RCT papers

Course faculty include:

o    Prof Doug Altman, Professor of Statistics in Medicine, Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM), University of Oxford

o    Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford

o    Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast

o    Associate Prof Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, NDORMS and CSM, University of Oxford.

o    Dr Vicki Barber, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit and CSM, University of Oxford

o    Prof Ed Juszczak, Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford.

Who should attend:

If you are planning or actively involved in trials, or are interested in furthering your knowledge of trial methodology, this course is for you. It is ideal for those early in their career or those looking for a refresher course, as it provides an overview of all elements of an RCT. We invite applications from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine.

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