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Webinar Wednesday! Learn about Studies Within a Trial (SWATs) with Prof Shaun Treweek

Studies Within A Trial (SWATs): how they can help to make trial process decisions more evidence-based

Wednesday, 17 April5:00 – 6:00pm AEST
Professor Shaun Treweek, Health Research Unit, University of Aberdeen


We are all aware that randomised trials are a central component of all evidence-informed health care systems. The evidence coming from them supports health care users, health professionals and others to make more informed decisions about treatment.

However, the evidence available to trialists to support decisions on design, conduct and reporting of randomised trials is sparse.

One way to fill gaps in evidence is to run Studies Within A Trial, or SWATs.

This webinar provides a brief definition of SWATs, an explanation of why they are important and some practical ‘top tips’ that come from existing experience of doing SWATs.

We hope the guidance will be useful to trialists, methodologists, funders, approvals agencies and others in understanding what a SWAT is and how they are done.

International guest presenter Professor Shaun Treweek joins ACTA online from the University of Aberdeen at 5-6pm AEST on Wednesday 17 April for this special webinar.

Shaun is a health services researcher interested in efficient trial design, particularly around recruitment and retention and the effective presentation of research evidence. He also helped to develop PRECIS-2, a tool to match trial design decisions to the information needs of those intended to use the results. 

He leads an initiative called Trial Forge that aims to be more systematic about how we identify, generate and use research evidence in making trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting decisions. Shaun is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Trials.