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Many hundreds of thousands of randomised trials have been conducted, adding significantly to our understanding of how best to improve health outcomes. In spite of this, very little research has been done on how to improve the way in which these trials are done.

Studies Within a Trial (SWAT) has been proposed as a way to improve the situation. Basically, this involves building into big trials - smaller studies that specifically try to find out better ways to do the research, which will improve the way in which studies are conducted. For example, by understanding the best ways to ensure good recruitment rates at different sites, by improving patient adherence, or by increasing follow up response rates.


  • The understanding of the process and principles of conducting a SWAT.
  • Generating ideas for conducting future SWATs within OCTRU trials.
  • Creating an outline for one or two priority SWATs, which could potentially be embedded and implemented within a current or future OCTRU trial, after agreement by the CI and wider team, and if funds and resources allow.

This session will be held in room G54 at the Botnar Research Centre.

Places must be booked for this course. 

Please email to reserve your space. A University/NHS email address should be used when making your booking.