One of the main barriers to conducting surgical trials is ineffective recruitment. Slow recruitment delays trial progress, is expensive (requiring extensions) or it may lead to early stopping of a trial without the sample size target being achieved. There are also many examples of surgical trials thought to be too difficult to undertake because surgeons consider that recruitment is impossible.
This workshop was organised by the ConDuCT Hub, in collaboration with the Cambridge Biostatistics Hub, the NIHR National Working Party on Improving Recruitment to Interventional Trials and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The event was chaired by Professor Jane Blazeby and Professor Dion Morton.
The workshop was attended by 170+ surgeons, methodologists, trialists, research nurses and patient representatives. Speakers shared their experiences, successes and obstacles to highlight the key issues around running surgical RCTs. Questions and comments from the audience led to discussion about how we can aim to improve this difficult and complex area of research.
Slides / audio files of the presentations are available below.