Designing and improving your trial with the experts
This module will take students through the process of undertaking a randomised trial. It will focus on the practicalities of organising and running trials, and build on theory from the introductory modules. The module will use a problem-based learning approach in which each participant brings a specific topic for a trial to discuss, justify and revise during the module. Participants will consider the practicalities from the perspective of potential principal investigators, including the processes for resourcing the trial, recruiting and randomising participants, maintaining the trial's momentum, and analysing and reporting it.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 22nd March 2024. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
The overall aims of this module are to enable students to;
- specify a clear question for a randomised trial
- specify the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the participants in a trial
- prepare and submit an entry for the trial in an appropriate register
- identify appropriate strategies for recruiting patients, including information leaflets and obtaining consent
- prepare a clear timeline for the study, relating to both the passage of an individual patient through the trial and also to the study as a whole
- determine what resources, both financial and personal, are needed for a trial
- determine and implement an appropriate method of randomisation for a trial
- prepare a statistical analysis plan for a randomised trial
- plan and implement strategies to maintain or increase recruitment to a randomised trial
- prepare a high quality report of the findings of a randomised trial
- use this knowledge to assess the quality and relevance of randomised trials done by others
Comments from previous participants:
"Interactive sessions with lots of helpful and practical information for understanding and conducting a RCT."