Date(s) - 28/10/2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am

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 conducts medical research or reads medical papers and wishes to have a better understanding of the different types of study designs that can be used.

Course description

There are many different types of study conducted within the NIHR. When submitting a research paper many journals will ask you to identify what type of study your paper is. This session will explain the basic concepts of key study designs such as observational and experimental and illustrate why different studies are used to answer different research questions. An introduction to the Equator Network will be provided so that researchers can be familiar with publication standards which exist for different types of study.

This course will include the following:

Learning objectives

  • To appreciate that there are many different study designs
  • To understand the terminology used in classifying study design and to understand why different approaches are used for different research questions
  • To be aware of the Equator network and how it can help researchers ensure that their studies are robustly designed.

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