DTS aims to develop and maintain a strong portfolio of high quality methodological research in areas relevant to the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new health technologies, which is recognised both nationally and internationally.
DTS works in a highly applied area of research, using state of the art research methods to enhance the relevance and usefulness of research to research users.
DTS has a programme of methodological research which cuts across all our substantive clinical trials.
This includes methodological research on the:
- design (including sample size estimation and the use of adaptive designs in publicly funded trials),
- analysis, interpretation and reporting of individual and cluster randomised controlled trials of complex interventions;
- design, assessment, analysis and interpretation of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials; the analysis of very large data sets to examine hospital mortality (for example DH funded work on the Summary Hospital Mortality Index).