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Registry based clinical trials

60 months
Approved budget:
Professor Dr Ralph Stewart
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship
Lay summary
Clinical trials provide the most reliable evidence to determine which treatments benefit patients. However, randomised trials are logistically difficult to undertake and very expensive. During this fellowship I will take two strategies to improve the cost-effectiveness of clinical trials in New Zealand. First, to piggy back studies on large, funded international clinical trials. Second, to promote collaborations to undertake randomised registry trials - an innovative method which allows randomised comparison of two 'accepted' treatments as part of usual care.