Randomised controlled trials are the most reliable way to evaluate the effects of an intervention, be it a drug, a new technology, a new way of training health care providers or organising health care.
Do you plan to evaluate an intervention? Would you like to learn more about the most reliable way to undertake an RCT? From among the most experienced triallists in the world? In December a team of triallists from all over the world will be gathering in Cape Town, to discuss ways of improving the design, con- duct, use and usefulness of RCT's. All are members of the PRACTIHC group, a European Union project to develop techniques for widening the use of pragmatic RCT's in health care decision-making. As part of this meeting the group will be offering a training course in RCT conduct.
The course is open to all. There is no cost for the training course itself for participants from developing countries. The course fee for developed country par- ticipants, or employees of agencies able to sponsor such training will be R5000. Participants will in general be expected to cover their own travel, subsistence and accommodation costs.
The course will cover all the stages of designing a trial and preparing a protocol. The structure of the course will follow that logic, and participants are expected to bring along a question which they wish to use as the basis of an RCT. The learning objectives of this course are to familiarise participants with the purpose, terminology and concepts of randomised controlled trials, and to encourage them to undertake trials which are relevant to priority health and health care problems.
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