Studies Within A Trial (SWATs): what they are and how they can improve trial efficiency
Boston, USA

Speaker: Shaun Treweek, two other speakers to be confirmed

Faculty, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School (venue to be confirmed)

A workshop on Studies Within A Trial (SWATs). The workshop will run from 12:30-2pm with a format along the lines of:

The Ethics of Conducting Studies Within A Trial (SWATs)
Thousands of trials are conducted every year with the aim of improving the evidence base for medical practice. Yet, the evidence base for how best to conduct trials—making them as efficient and ethical as possible—is surprisingly thin.
In this month’s Research Ethics Consortium, Shaun Treweek (U. Aberdeen), will discuss his efforts to promote the use of Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)—that is, folding a rigorous study ABOUT clinical trial best practices into a clinical trial itself.
Please join us for a discussion of this exciting new development in trial methodology and explore its implications for ethical review and human subject protections.

Shaun Treweek, PhD, BSc (Hons)
Chair in Health Services Research
University of Aberdeen
Christopher Gill, MD
Associate Professor, Global Health
Boston University
Bizu Gelaye, PhD, MPH
Research Ethics Co-Director, Harvard Center for Bioethics
Assistant Professor,  
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and  
Division of Global Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

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