Trial Forge Guidance 1: what is a Study Within A Trial (SWAT)?

Treweek, Shaun, Bevan, Simon, Bower, Peter, Campbell, Marion, Christie, Jacquie, Clarke, Mike, Collett, Clive, Cotton, Seonaidh, Devane, Declan, El Feky, Adel
et al (show 14 more authors) (2018) Trial Forge Guidance 1: what is a Study Within A Trial (SWAT)? TRIALS, 19 (1). 139-.

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Randomised trials are a central component of all evidence-informed health care systems and the evidence coming from them helps to support health care users, health professionals and others to make more informed decisions about treatment. The evidence available to trialists to support decisions on design, conduct and reporting of randomised trials is, however, sparse. Trial Forge is an initiative that aims to increase the evidence base for trial decision-making and in doing so, to improve trial efficiency.One way to fill gaps in evidence is to run Studies Within A Trial, or SWATs. This guidance document 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 making clear what a SWAT is, as well as what is involved in doing one.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Evidence-Based Medicine, Research Design, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Clinical Decision-Making
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:33
DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2535-5
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