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Live the trial! An interactive method for learning and teaching trial design and risk of bias assessment

Date and Location




Monday 23 September 2013 - 13:30 - 15:00
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Philip Baker


Philip Baker
Daniel Francis
Maureen Dobbins
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country

First name


Last name


Affiliation and Country

Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Target audience

Target audience

review authors, consumers and those involved in training

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: • Learn a fun and innovative way to illustrate trial design and risk of bias assessment. • See demonstrated and experience the use of interactive wireless voting technology for active learning and data collection. • Provide participants with ideas for teaching the concepts in their own settings. Description: In this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in “Live the Trial”, a mock randomised controlled trial. The participants will see a demonstration of the steps of a mock RCT using candy to increase happiness. Interactive wireless voting technology will be employed to demonstrate the capture of data and facilitate direct participation. Throughout the workshop the risks of bias which can creep into a study will be explored, and to some extent experienced. Participants in previous “Live the Trial” sessions have reported increased confidence in the identifying the risks of bias and steps of a randomised controlled study. Previous participants have also reported the use of interactive voting to be helpful in their learning. Capacity: 30 mock RCT volunteers, plus an additional 20 interactive participants.