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Katie Mellor

DPhil student

Randomised controlled trials provide the best evidence about the effectiveness (and harms) of health care interventions, but can be very expensive and complicated to run. Pilot and feasibility studies are often conducted prior to a randomised trial to help researchers understand whether the proposed study can be successfully carried out. There is a great deal of variability in the way pilot and feasibility studies are designed, conducted, and analysed, and uncertainty amongst the research community about how best to do this. My DPhil aims to address some of these uncertainties.

Prior to joining NDORMS I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield’s Clinical Trial Research Unit on a number of Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs). I also have experience of working on commercial clinical trials for a Contract Research Organisation.