Dr Clare Relton FSHom, BA(Hons), MSc, PhD

Honorary Senior Research Fellow


The University of Sheffield
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

email: c.relton@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-8530-5011

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I have a background in Philosophy and homeopathic medicine. In 2003 I obtained a Department of Health Training Fellowship and joined ScHARR where I obtained my MSc in Health Services Research and PhD (pragmatic trial design). After my PhD I worked for 10 delightful years at ScHARR leading a variety of studies (e.g. Yorkshire Health Study, NOSH Vouchers for Breastfeeding, FRESH St). I now work full time as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials in the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Queen Mary University of London; my role is to lead innovation in pragmatic clinical trial design.

Research Interests

I am interested in the design of practical/pragmatic randomised controlled trials with maximum efficiency and utility and the idea of ‘Learning Health Systems’.

I am also interested in identifying and testing all types of innovations to improve population health regardless of whether or not they are in fashion.

Key Publications

Randomised controlled trial design

Relton C, O'Cathain A, Nicholl J, Torgerson D. Rethinking pragmatic randomised controlled trials: Introducing the "cohort multiple randomised controlled trial" design. BMJ 2010 340(7753):963-967

Relton, Clare; Strong, Mark; Renfrew, Mary J; et al; Cluster randomised controlled trial of a financial
incentive for mothers to improve breast feeding in areas with low breastfeeding rates: the NOSH study protocol.
BMJ Open, 6, 4, e010158, 2016.

Zakrzewska, Joanna M; Relton, Clare. Future Directions for Surgical Trial Designs in Trigeminal. Neuralgia. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, 27, 3, 353-363, 2016

Relton, C. Implications of the 'placebo effect' for CAM research. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 21(2):121-124 Apr 2013

Green, Mark A; Li, Jessica; Relton, Clare; et al. Cohort profile: The Yorkshire health study. International Journal of Epidemiology, dyu121, 2014.

Relton C, Bissell P, Smith C, Blackburn J, Tod A, Copeland R, Young T, Cooper CL, Nichol J, Loban A, et al. South Yorkshire Cohort: a 'cohort trials facility' study of health and weight - protocol for the recruitment phase. BMC Public Health 11:640 2011

Innovations to improve population health

Whelan B, Van Cleemput P, Strong M, Relton C. Views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: a qualitative study. Lancet, Volume 382, page S103, 29 November 2013

Relton C, O'Cathain A, Nicholl J, Strong M, Holdsworth M. Plastic food packaging encourages obesity. BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 344:3824, 2012

Relton C, Strong M, Li J. The 'Pounds for Pounds' weight loss financial incentive scheme: an evaluation of a pilot in NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent. Journal of Public Health 34(4):536-542 Dec 2011

Homeopathic medicine

Viksveen P, Relton C. Nicholl JN. Depressed patients treated by homeopaths: a randomised controlled trial using the "cohort multiple randomised controlled trial" (cmRCT) design. Trials 2017, 18, 299. DOI 10.1186/s13063-017-2040-2

Relton C, Young TA, Smith C, Raw J, Walters C, Adebajo AO, Thomas KJ. Healthcare provided by a homeopath as an adjunct to usual care for Fibromyalgia (FMS): results of a pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. Homeopathy 98(2):77-82 April 2009

Relton C, O'Cathain A, Thomas KJ. 'Homeopathy': untangling the debate. Homeopathy 97(3):152-155 July 2008

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