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Undertaking Clinical Trials in Trauma and Orthopaedics November 2017


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BOA Orthopaedic Surgery Research Centre (BOSRC) is running its third meeting for trauma and orthopaedic surgeons interested in getting involved in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) or research grant applications either as a chief investigator or co-applicant.

The programme for this event will focus on issues relevant to RCTs in trauma and orthopaedics.

Presenters will include Professor David Torgerson, Director of YTU; Professor Catherine Hewitt, Senior Statistican; Dr Catriona McDaid, Senior Research Fellow; Professor Amar Rangan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and other key members of York Trials Unit who have been involved in several orthopaedic trials.

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Course Dates

20th November 2017 – 21st November 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Professor David Torgerson
Course Description

By attending this event, you will get:

  • a mixture of lectures and workshop activities
  • an understanding of the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials
  • an overview of planning, costing and delivery of a trial
  • planning public involvement in grant applications and trials
  • the opportunity to network with colleagues
  • an opportunity to talk to experienced trialists and methodologists and get feedback on your research ideas.

Day 1 - 20th November 2017

Developing a research question - topics include: PICO, pragmatic, effectivness, efficacy, feasibility, questions and pilot studies.

Groundwork for a new trial - topics include: establishing evidence gap, establishing importance and feasibility.

Managing a trial - topics include role of Cheif Investigator, trials unit monitoring, trial steering committee and data monitoring committee.

Day 2 - 21st November 2017

Overview of study designs - topics include: efficient study designs, simple designs, adaptive designs and cluster RCTs.

Statistics for clinical trials - topics include: sample size, randomisation, key principles of analysis, developing an analysis plan.

Public involvement in trials - topics include: approaches to establishing meaningful patient involvement.

Costing a trial - topics include: schedule of events, project plan, research costs, NHS support costs, excess treatment costs.

Recruitment and retention - topics include: evidence-based recruitment and retention.

Cost is £45 for one day and £90 for two days. To get the most out of this event, we encourage applicants to attend both days. Accommodation will not be provided.

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of 20th November at a local restaurant at a cost of £25.

For more information contact Sally Baker on 01904 321726 or email sally.baker@york.ac.uk.

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