Department of Family Medicine and PRAM


Community-led trials: A next step for community-based participatory research and randomized controlled trials?


Dr. Neil Andersson, Executive Director of CIET canada; University of Ottawa

Tuesday March 26, 2013

From: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Department of Family Medicine – 515 Pine Avenue West

Dr Neil Andersson will present methods and early outcomes of his recent cluster randomized controlled trials (CRCTs) in primary health care and prevention. In standard RCTs, the intervention is pre-packaged and one-size-fits-all;community-led CRCTs develop local interventions through participatory research. These community trials randomize resources to generate high quality local evidence and to build local solutions. Within the epidemiological framework, community engagement results in cultural safety and capacity-building while generating high value evidence.

In Rebuilding from resilience (Canada), 12 Aboriginal women’s shelters randomized themselves into two intervention waves of intervention to develop local interventions that reduce family violence;

The Camino Verde trial (Green Road, in Nicaragua and Mexico) of community-led dengue control illustrates evidence-to-action feedback helps to replace organophospate pesticides; in Safe birth in cultural safety (Mexico) traditional midwives requested intercultural brokerage, resulting in improved birth outcomes and reduced gender violence;
The HIV and choice disability trial (Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland) used a factorial design to test the added value of community-led structural interventions on HIV rates among young women.

This CRCT approach may be applicable to practice-based research networks, drawing on the knowledge and experience of local conditions to optimize impact in cluster randomized trials of primary care.

BRING YOUR LUNCH! There will be light refreshments.

Please RSVP to or (514) 398-1357

There is no parking on site and parking is limited in the area.

Taxis and public transport are advised.

Cannot make the seminar physically? (Please Note: Students from FMED 504 are expected to be there). Then, you may join the webinar by registering here

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March 12, 2013