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Introduction to Design, Conduct and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials 2018


This course will give participants an understanding of the key features of pragmatic trials and of the processes involved in setting up and conducting pragmatic trials.  Teaching will consist of short lectures followed by group work and by the end of the course participants will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of conducting and analysing pragmatic, complex intervention clinical trials.  The course will conclude with workshops where learning will be put into practice and participants will produce a trial protocol.

Course details 

Monday 11th June – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Early Bird rate (if booked before 11th May 2018): £500 for external staff or £350 QMUL staff rate
Standard rate (from 12th May 2018): £600 for external staff or £450 QMUL staff rate
Location: Yvonne Carter Building, 58 Turner Street, London, E1 2AB
Availability: Limited to 20 places only
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 Course content

  • The role of pragmatic trials in healthcare
  • Designing interventions, randomisation, choosing outcomes, sample size considerations
  • Trial Management, trial set-up, recruitment, data collection
  • Quality assurance, quality control, adverse event reporting
  • Statistical analysis
  • Economic analysis
  • Trial reporting

Who this course is for

Anyone involved 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 principle investigators, research nurses, PhD students and early career researchers and trial managers.

Course team

Dr Chris Newby, Course Lead 

Chris is a lecturer at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. His current research involves statistical analysis and research in to respiratory diseases and air quality including Asthma, COPD and ILD. This includes cluster randomised trials, cluster analysis, factor analysis and structural equation modelling, longitudinal analysis, gene expression analysis and Bayesian methods. He is also interested in data sharing and harmonisation of large data sets.

Sally Kerry 

Sally Kerry joined the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit in September 2010 as a senior statistician, having worked at St. George’s for over 20 years. She has an interest in pragmatic trials in primary care and cluster randomised trials. She has written a number of methodological papers about the design and analysis of cluster trials and co-authored the book Presenting Statistics from Proposal to Publication with Professor Janet Peacock. She has been a principal trial investigator and is currently senior statistician on a number of PCTU studies including cluster trials

Previous participants of this course have said 

"This is one of the best courses I have attended.  Excellent speakers, level of knowledge, well pitched, relevant and useful.  Staff very approachable and friendly"
"Great course, thanks!"
"I really enjoyed the course.  Very informative.  Many thanks for your hard work"
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