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Preliminary trials - perspectives on their purpose and practice

Through a variety of randomised trial examples, Professor Toby Prevost will examine the idea of preliminary information, and a broad class of what may be known as preliminary trials. The applications focus on the delivery and evaluation of complex interventions, where it is rather the purpose of the trial (safety, feasibility, effectiveness) that is seen to matter more than "selecting something off the shelf".

About the speaker

Professor Prevost directs the King's Nightingale-Saunders CTU, and over the last twenty years has worked with principal investigators and their research programmes in a career at the Universities of Cambridge, Imperial and King's. With trial teams, he has evaluated interventions in varied contexts within palliative care and primary care, and also in public health through national committee work.

About the seminar series 

The Cicely Saunders Institute Open Seminar Series events are free to attend.

This seminar is worth CPD (1 credit) pending from the Royal College of Physicians.

The series aim is to optimise opportunities for local, national and international networking within palliative care and rehabilitation. We facilitate seminars to assist in improving practice, education and policy, and the integration of research and clinical endeavours.