5 years ago

Preparing for what the reporting checklists will not tell you: the PREPARE Trial guide for planning clinical research to avoid research waste


For the early career researcher or PhD student about to have a leading role in a clinical trial, it would be a tremendous help to have a ‘How to’ guide, consisting of advice and key literature to help the researcher move successfully along the initial trial pathway from research question to protocol completion. While the ideal trial team should include experienced trialists, who participate in the preparatory research meetings, this support is not always available. The PREPARE Trial guide is intended to assist the early career researcher in this situation, but not replace an experienced trial team and regular research meetings. The guide may also serve as preparation for research meetings, or part of curricula for courses on research methodology, to be used by experienced PhD supervisor, trialist or lecturer.

Evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) is often wasted1 2 (for a collection of...

Publisher URL: http://bjsm.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/51/20/1494

DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097527

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