CTEHR Seminar Series - A clinical trial is not jus...

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CTEHR Seminar Series - A clinical trial is not just about effectiveness: Understanding the trial processes is essential to help place the results in context


Dr. David Ellard

Event Background

“I am a researcher working in Clinical trials. My particular interests are in research methodology and I am often labelled a qualitative researcher but I have a background in wet sciences so understand both perspectives. I have expertise in design and evaluation of clinical trials in particular process evaluation employing a mixed methods approach. In my talk I will introduce you to my world of clinical trials and show examples of how to carry out a process evaluation and how a process evaluation can help place the trial results in context. I will draw on experiences from working with elderly residents in care homes, working with none physician clinicians in Malawi and Tanzania (ETATMBA), people living with chronic pain (COPERS), people living with low-back pain (FIS), people living with Dystonia and also show how I am contributing to ongoing studies like CHESS (Chronic headache) and others.”

“My research career began in 2003 as a Senior Research Assistant working for Prof. Julie Barlow's team in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Health, at Coventry University. Prof. Barlow and her team were at the forefront of the development and evaluation of the 'Lorig' Chronic disease self-management programme which evolved into the 'Expert Patients Programme'. In 2004 I was promoted to Research Fellow and I was funded on research grants including several small charity grants in my own right including a PhD studentship who successfully completed and published. In early 2008 I moved to Warwick CTU taking the opportunity to work as part of a team doing more substantial projects. I made a major contribution to the Older Peoples Exercise in Residential Accommodation (OPERA) trial which took five years to complete with the main papers coming out in 2013/4. Alongside this I have established myself as leader in process evaluations alongside trials of complex interventions. Since arriving at Warwick I have been a co-applicant on multiple successful grant applications. I am now working across multiple projects and 100% supported by research grant income. I am now developing a steady stream of high quality research outputs as projects complete.”

Jan 31

Event Time:
Start time: 13:00
End time: 16:00

Event Location:
4th Floor, Richard Crossman Building, Coventry University, Priory Street, CV1 5FB

Event Contact:
Kristina Curtis | ab2062@coventry.ac.uk