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Employing staff on long term contracts is important for RCTs

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 17 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1075
  1. Maxine Stead, Quality assurance manager (,
  2. Su Mason, Joint head of unit,
  3. Trish Shevlin, Senior medical statistician,
  4. Julia Brown, Joint head of unit
  1. Northern and Yorkshire Clinical Trials and Research Unit, Leeds LS16 6QB

    EDITOR—Medical professionals and funding agencies do not seem to recognise the importance of a trained, experienced, multidisciplinary team in the setting up and coordination of a multicentre clinical trial.1 They also do not seem to recognise the role that such teams have in maintaining enthusiasm among medical staff throughout the often long periods of recruitment and follow up.

    The cost of employing a dedicated trial team is poorly …

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