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LICTR Seminar: Implementing and Running an online Trial

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Implementing and Running an online Trial – A case study using The REACT Trial

Duncan Appelbe

Introduction

The REACT study (https://www.reacttoolkit.co.uk/) is an online study to compare the effectiveness of a Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT) with an online Resource Directory. Half the people in the study receive the REACT toolkit, and half will receive the Resource Directory. In this study the intervention and data collected from the participants is provided via the Internet, with little or no direct interaction with the study team. This study opened in April 2016 and recruitment will close in early 2018.

The REACT study comprises two disparate systems, the first being a bespoke data collection system that manages the eligibility/consent/registration/data collection processes, whilst the second system is a customised version of WordPress that is used to deliver both arms of the intervention.

Participants within this study do not attend regular clinical appointments. As such retention at the two follow-up points and usage of the intervention requires automated reminders and more importantly the triggering of warnings/help to participants when they provide certain answers to specific questions.

The data required to determine the effectiveness of the intervention is taken from two sources: The response by the participants to outcome measures and data collected on the usage of the application (obtained from google analytics, server logs and custom reporting software).

Objective

This presentation will discuss the electronic solutions required by the design of the study and the processes by which these systems were designed and implemented. A comparison of the data collected via google analytics and the server logs will be compared and commented on, with a discussion about discrepancies being made.


Conclusions

Online interventions and data collection systems provide great promise for efficient trial design however, there are challenges to ensure that systems are user friendly and intuitive to use, yet still allow the collection of data to validate the outcome of the study.

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