The Oxford Centre for Statistics In Medicine are running a course on randomised controlled trials (RCTs) over one week in September 2012. Should be a great foundation for anyone aiming to work in trials. The blurb says:
RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL COURSE: A Guide to Design, Conduct, Analysis, Interpretation and Reporting
17th September – 21st September 2012
Oriel College, Oxford
About the course: This course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for the evaluation of healthcare interventions. It will include talks and practicals to give examples and guidance on the methodology of trials using a problem-based learning approach.
* Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs
* Demonstrate the optimal methodology to use in RCTs based on considerable practical experience and using extensive examples from the literature
* Examine the critical issues involved in planning, conducting and completing a successful trial
* Provide a basic understanding of statistical input into RCTs per se including analyses frequently used
* Facilitate critical appraisal of published reports of RCTs
Who should attend: The course is aimed at persons planning or actively involved in trials, or individuals interested in furthering their knowledge of trial methodology. Applications are invited from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine.