November 2014

Pilot and feasibility studies for randomised controlled trials: reporting and conceptual framework

Professor Sandra Eldridge, Queen Mary University of London

Venue:  Adelphi Conference Room, Adelphi Building, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, PR1 2HE
Date:  Thursday 20th November 15.00-16.00 (preceded by refreshments at 14.30)

Pilot and feasibility studies are often poorly conducted and poorly reported. In addition, different interpretations and definitions of these studies are used within the research community. Over the past three years, a group of us have been developing reporting guidelines for pilot and feasibility studies conducted in preparation for randomised controlled trials of effectiveness. Alongside this we have also developed a conceptual framework for these studies. In this talk I will describe: The process of guideline development, our findings, the current stage of our work and the conceptual framework we have developed.

Sandra is a Professor of Biostatistics at Queen Mary University of London, Joint Lead of the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Director of the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit housed within the Centre, and Joint Lead for the Barts and The London arm of the Research Design Service.