13 members of the SITU team travelled to Glasgow to attend the two day conference, which was held at the SCC. Between the group there were 3 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations. Professor David Beard, SITU Co-Director, presented ‘Is over recruitment to a single site problematic for surgical trials?’, and Professor Jonathan Cook, SITU Deputy Director, presented ‘Impact of timing of follow-up upon outcome in the TOPKAT trial’ and ‘A systematic review of the use of an expertise-based randomised trial design’.
There were several themes that ran throughout the meeting, in particular making studies more efficient. One major element was increasing the number of SWATs (Studies Within a Trial) that are run. SWATs are small studies which are run within individual trials, and can consist of relatively simple ideas that are designed to improve recruitment, such as including a pen when asking participants to return questionnaires.
The next conference will be held in Liverpool from 7-10 May 2017 and will be jointly hosted with the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT).