Date(s) - 19/11/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London
16th Floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond

The course is suitable for anyone who analyses medical research data or wishes to better understand why missing data may present challenges.

Course description

Researchers in both observational and experimental studies are frequently faced with the problem of incomplete data sets. Data may be missing for different reasons including oversight, data recording error, and/or more often because some participants are unable or unwilling to respond one or more times during the study or drop out of the study prematurely. The main problems researchers face when confronted with missing data is the increase risk of reaching incorrect conclusions (i.e. biased parameter estimates) and loss of information that may substantially reduce statistical power.

The course will provide an introduction to conceptual and practical issues related to the issues of missing data and the choice of strategy for handling missing data. The course will illustrate the shortcomings of ad-hoc procedures for dealing with missing data and identify where multiple imputation might be appropriate. The focus of the course will be on the practical use of modern (i.e. multiple imputation) missing data procedures.

This course will include the following:

Learning objectives

  • To appreciate the implications of missing data for research
  • To understand the different types of missing data and existing approaches to deal with missing data
  • To recognize the key assumptions required for analysing missing data and appreciate the role of sensitivity analysis.

Who can attend?

The courses are free for health care professionals employed by organisations associated with the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College London:

  • King’s College London
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University of London
  • St George’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis. If the module is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available you will contacted at the latest 72 hours beforehand.

Non Attendance Policy

The courses in this programme are very popular and are often oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend a course you are booked on to you must notify us 72 hours in advance so we can offer the place to someone else.

If you do not attend on the day and are unable to provide a satisfactory explanation you may be removed from future course bookings.

For further information please contact the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Research Training Programme at