Design and Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials


Drs Sara Brookes & Niamh Redmond (course organisers), Professor Alastair Hay, Dr Athene Lane, Mrs Joanne Simon, Dr Ceire Costelloe, Dr Chris Metcalfe, Dr Birgit Whitman, Dr Suzanne Audrey, Professor Tim Peters, Dr Jeremy Horwood, Professor Will Hollingworth, Dr Elsa Marques, Professor Richard Morris, Dr Chris Rodgers, Dr Jelena Savovic.


Five days


20-24 June 2016

Course fee


Course aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of key issues in the design, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. The course focuses on randomised controlled trials in the evaluation of healthcare technologies. Observational epidemiological study designs, including cross-sectional, cohort and case-control studies, are not covered in this course.

By the end of the course, students should:

Who the course is intended for

Anyone involved in the design, conduct, analysis or reporting of a randomised controlled trial in the academic or NHS sector. Students will be expected to have a knowledge of statistical methods up to the level of the Basic Statistics course, and an understanding of research design up to the level of the Basic Epidemiology course. 

Course outline

Topics to be covered include: the need for clinical trials; planning issues; pragmatic and explanatory trials; hypothesis testing; clinical and statistical significance; sample size; randomisation; cluster trials; intention to treat analysis; alternative trial designs; multiple outcomes; adjustment for covariates; subgroup analysis; CONSORT guidelines on trial reporting; qualitative methods in clinical trials; feasibility studies, health economics in the context of clinical trials; ethical issues in trials.

Teaching time

Teaching will make up a total of thirty hours, consisting of interactive-type lectures and problem-based learning in small groups.


How to book onto this course

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