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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.

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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

Course faculty will include:

  • Dr Vicki Barber, Hub Manager, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Prof Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Associate Prof Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Prof Richard Emsley, Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London.
  • 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.

Details

Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September 2018

A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a banquet on the evening of Thursday 20 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 21 September after lunch.

The course will be held at Merton College, a historic college located in Oxford city centre.

Fees

£1450, discounted to £1300 when payment is made before 1 May 2018.

Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course dinner (Thursday evening), and a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials.

Registration

Course registration is now open. Places are limited, and registration will close on 1 September 2018 or when the course is full, whichever is sooner. Please contact Jacqueline Wright on rct.course@csm.ox.ac.uk for more information and to request an application form.

Course write-up

Read a blog post by a participant of the 2016 RCT Course here.

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