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The 2nd David Sackett Symposium

"Is it time to retire the Randomized Trial?"

This symposium will explore whether or not the evolution of observational research methods for making fair-comparisons on the one hand and the mushrooming ethical, logistical, and financial barriers to performing RCT’s on the other, have finally tipped the balance. Drawing speakers and panelists from international, continental and local centres of excellence, we will present the issues, arguments, and counter-arguments in open plenary sessions, and provide plenty of times and places for their informal exploration and debate.

Sessions on randomized clinical trials, observational studies and where the twain shall meet:

  • Past successes
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Potential achievements
  • Problems and concerns
  • New perspectives and solutions

Target Audience

Physicians, Specialists, Researchers, Students, Residents, Clinical Trialists, Observationalists, Health Research Methodologists, Health Policy Decision Makers, Diagnosticians, Clinical-practice Guidelines Formulators.

At the End of this Symposium the Participants will:

  • Understand the strengths, limitations and appropriate use of randomized trials & observational studies
  • Move forward the field of research in the context of comparative effectiveness research

Speaker Talks and Presentations

Click here to watch speaker talks and view speaker presentations!

Event Information


  • September 27, 2013 7:45am – 5:30pm
  • September 28, 2013 7:45am – 5:30pm


Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls
5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2E 6W7

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