About this event

  • Date and time Thu 18 Oct 2018 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of clinical treatments are relatively straightforward. But what about service interventions like e-health platforms, consultant working at weekends and incentivising providers? These are much bigger issues than a clinical treatment but they are harder to study. 

In this morning talk, we out outline a framework for evaluation and discuss methods to combine many types of data (Bayesian networks) and study designs (such as Step Wedge Cluster RCTs and their variants).

Key speakers

Professor Richard Lilford

Professor Richard Lilford is professor of public health at the University of Warwick and holds the positions of director for Warwick International Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery (W-CAHRD) and director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands.

Speaker's biography

Professor Lilford has pursued a successful career in medicine for over 40 years, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology and, more recently, health service research. He has research methodological expertise in the evaluation of complex interventions, and prospective health economic evaluations of service delivery interventions. He has designed a framework for the evaluation of complex interventions that draws a crucial distinction between targeted and generic service interventions, and is also interested in Bayesian statistics, medical ethics, clinical trials, step-wedge cluster trials, and multiple-indication reviews. He has recently diversified into global health, leading a ground-breaking series in the Lancet on the health and welfare of people who live in slums, followed by award of a £5.6million NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums across Africa and Asia. He has published over 300 original research papers and is currently an investigator on over £35 million worth of government, industry and charity sponsored research grants.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr James Carne, Chairman, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Studying clinical effectiveness is one thing, but what about policy and service interventions?

Professor Richard Lilford CBE, Professor of Public Health, Director of CLAHRC West Midlands, Director of W-CAHRD, University of Warwick

Close of meeting followed by lunch

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Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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