6. The essentials of running a clinical trial

This course covers all the key methodological aspects of clinical trials: the different trial designs, selection of participants, recruitment techniques, choice of interventions, randomisation, blinding (masking), outcome measures, safety, adherence, ethics, regulation, and the challenges of reporting industry-sponsored trials.

This course may seem relevant only to researchers who conduct clinical trials. However, anyone doing health research needs to understand clinical trials, as these are the studies that provide much of the evidence base on the effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, and of surgery and other interventions.

Related course: 4. How to do ethical research

Other related modules:

  • Clinical trial protocols: how to write and publish them
  • The Methods: matching study designs to research questions


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
Research to Publication 48:00 hours BMJ accredit this course to the value of the modules it contains.