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SHORT COURSE IN CLINICAL TRIALS
13 - 17 September 1999

This course will provide an introduction to the area of clinical
trials, with more detailed coverage of some of the keys issues to be
considered in their design, analysis and interpretation.

COURSE CONTENT

The topics to be covered will include:

 Introduction to the evaluation of effectiveness
 Design, including avoidance of bias, trial size and data monitoring,
'alternative' designs  Analysis and reporting of trials, including
cost-effectiveness analysis  Meta-analysis of trials  Development of
a protocol.  Students will work in small groups to develop and present
trial protocols.  

There will be no formal examination.  A Certificate of Attendance will
be awarded to all students completing the course.

TEACHING METHODS AND COURSE MATERIALS

The course will include some lectures, but the main focus will be on
participatory practical sessions.  A course manual will be given to
the participants at the beginning of the week.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The course is relevant to all those with an interest in the rigorous
evaluation of interventions in health care, particularly clinicians
and others working or intending to work in the health services or
related areas such as the pharmaceutical industry.

COURSE FEE 

The total course fee is 550, which includes a non-refundable deposit
of 50.  The fee covers participation in the course, course materials
(manuals), incidental tea/coffee and reception, but does not cover
travel costs, accommodation or meals.  The full course fee is payable
on notification of acceptance for the course.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

The School cannot provide accommodation for participants.  A list of
the numerous hotels located in the vicinity of the School can be
supplied on request.  The School has its own restaurant facilities,
and there is wide variety of restaurants and coffee-shops nearby.

APPLICATIONS

Applicants should contact as soon as possible:

Short Courses, Registry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,
50 Bedford Square London WC1B 3DP

Telephone: 	+44 (0)171 299 4648
Fax: 		+44 (0)171 323 0638
e-mail: 		shortcourses@@lshtm.ac.uk
Internet:		http://www.lshtm.ac.uk

Those requiring further information about the course should contact
the Course Organiser: Diana Elbourne: 
 Telephone: 	+44 (0)171 927 2376;      	
	e-mail: 		d.elbourne:lshtm.ac.uk


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