Efficiency by design: remoulding randomised evaluations in improvement studies
The randomised control trial (RCT) launched a revolution in medical research. But more than 70 years after it was first introduced, is the RCT still relevant, or does it need to evolve to survive?
Recent innovations in trial design have the potential to improve the efficiency of randomised evaluations. In research about healthcare, that means minimising the burden of study participation – by reducing the number of measurements, participants, or groups of participants required – without compromising the quality of evidence.
Testing these new developments, and exploring other innovations in RCT design, could have particular benefits for healthcare improvement studies.
This project will involve studying, publishing, and disseminating work on new and innovative randomised trials designs, including the “dog-leg” trial – which was introduced in 2015 by Richard Hooper and a colleague.
It will also involve opening up new avenues for research into innovative trials designs, working with applied health researchers to implement these innovations, and working with the improvement studies community to promote an appreciation for randomised evaluation.