Other webinars

Open to everyone, throughout the academic year other webinars are held when a need emerges.

Webinar recordings:

Pragmatic (or Real-World) Clinical Trials: an online journal club webinar

Why participate in this Journal Club Webinar?

There’s lots of discussion and debate currently about the virtues of pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs).

The US National Institutes for Health is investing heavily in PCTs and has created a thriving PCT ‘Collaboratory’ (http://rethinkingclinicaltrials.org).

In Canada, CIHR is promoting PCTs (or Real-World Clinical Trials), as part of its Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and through its Innovative Clinical Trials Initiative (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49773.html).

Should we be more pragmatic in the clinical trials happening in BC? If yes, how can we begin to move in this direction? This JC Webinar offers the opportunity to learn about PCTs, and to discuss with colleagues some of the opportunities and challenges in a BC context.

Some claims made for PCTs:

  • “Pragmatic clinical trials… generate actionable clinical evidence at a fraction of the typical cost and time needed to conduct a traditional clinical trial.” (rethinkingclinicaltrials.org)
  • “PCTs can support the evolution of learning health systems, seeking to generate new knowledge as an integral by-product of the delivery experience.” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4112713/)

Who should attend?

This Webinar is primarily targeting health researchers with a particular interest in clinical trials. However, the session will offer an opportunity to learn about some of the basics of PCTs, and so all stakeholders (researchers, patients, clinicians and decision makers) wanting to learn and understand more about PCTs are welcome to attend. 

Paper for discussion (to be read in advance):

Hilton J et al. Novel Methodology for Comparing Standard-of-Care Interventions in Patients With Cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Dec;12(12):e1016-e1024.


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