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The PCTU hosts a series of courses throughout the year relating to clinical trials and methodological work designed to improve your skills, share good practice and to learn from other. Anyone involved in the design, conduct and analysis of pragmatic trials would benefit from attending PCTU's courses including both novice principal investigators and early career researchers as well as individuals involved in the design and running of trials, such as research nurses, PhD students and trial managers. 

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A Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials and Stepped Wedge Design 2019

Programme for A Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials and Stepped Wedge Design 2019 [PDF 268KB]

Overview

This course is based on the book 'A Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials in Health Services Research' by Sandra Eldridge and Sally Kerry. The course incorporates developments in methodology since the book was written and, in particular, now includes substantial material on stepped wedge designs. The course is offered as a three day introductory course; a two day advanced course; or as a comprehensive 5 day course combining the introductory and advanced courses.

The five day course  took place at the PCTU between 29th April and 3rd May 2019.

The PCTU aims to run this course on an annual basis at a similar time of year. A timetable for the course taking place in 2020 will be released in due course.

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 Feedback from previous delegates:

 “A very useful introduction to the key aspects of CRTs. Very well organised and useful course material”

 “CRTs are new to me so it was all useful”

 “Very enjoyable and informative”

 “Exercises were very worthwhile and helpful in consolidating theory. Really appreciated example articles as well. Thank you”

A Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials and Stepped Wedge Design 2019

Programme for A Practical Guide to Cluster Randomised Trials and Stepped Wedge Design 2019 [PDF 268KB]

Who this course is for

Anyone involved or with an interest in the design, conduct, analysis or reporting of a pragmatic trials in the academic or NHS sector. The course will be of interest to new principal investigators, statisticians, research nurses, PhD students, early career researchers and trial managers.

Introductory course content

The introductory course covers:                                                                                                       
  • Ethics
  • Recruitment
  • Piloting
  • Introduction to design
  • Reporting
  • Principles of health economics,
  • Avoiding bias and process evaluations
  • Introduction to analysis and sample size calculations.

Advanced course content

The advanced course covers
  • Systematic reviews,                                                                                                                                 
  • Health economic analysis
  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Sample size calculations

*QMUL staff receive a 33% discount

 CRT book cover

 

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