PI Seminar Series
Speaker: Professor Robert Pickard
Venue: Lecture Theatre D, Dental School
Date and Time: Tuesday 3rd March 1300-1400
Professor Pickard will present:
‘’ Finding out the effectiveness of existing treatments through RCTs embedded in routine NHS care (or The Myth of Sisyphus)’’
Much publically funded research is quite rightly concerned with finding new knowledge, new treatments and new ways to manage people’s ill health. However back in 1993 the re-launched NHS R & D Programme decided to allocate the largest slice of its funding to the health technology assessment (HTA) strand which aimed to assess whether treatments already introduced into the NHS following establishment of efficacy (they appeared to work) were actually effective (they resulted in long term health gain at acceptable cost).
It is known that the easiest trials to do are ones involving a treatment for cancer that is not routinely available in the NHS; so how does one fare doing trials involving people with benign conditions and comparing two competing but readily available NHS treatments? During my talk I hope to share with you the joy and despair of running multi-centres pragmatic RCTs.
Chair: Professor Jim Shaw