We would like to invite you to our annual NAVICARE Symposium “Innovative Methods for Trial Design in Health Services Research” which will take place on Friday, 13th November 2020 as an online event.

"Innovative Methods for Trial Design in Health Services Research"

The conduct of (randomized) trials to assess the effectiveness of interventions in health services research is challenging. They demand considerable resources and their external validity is often questioned. In our 6th NAVICARE symposium, we have invited Prof. Shaun Treweek, Dr. Katie Gillies and PD Dr. Lars Hemkens to discuss these challenges and present some innovative methods for improving the efficiency of trial design and using “real-world” data as complementing evidence.

We invite you to join us for an inspiring session and discussion!

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Nina Rieckmann, PhD
Institute of Public Health
of the NAVICARE network

Prof. Christoph Heintze, MD, MPH
Head of the Institute of General Practice
Deputy chair of the NAVICARE network

Dr. Susanne Döpfmer, MD, MSc
Institute of General Practice
Program Chair


The symposium will be held in English language. Participants will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Please register here or write an e-mail to


Program & Presenters

2 p.m. – Nina Rieckmann & Susanne Döpfmer: Welcome & Introduction

2.20 p.m. – Shaun Treweek: SWAT – studies within trials

3.05 p.m. – Katie Gillies: Designing better trials to improve trial retention

4 p.m. – Lars Hemkens: Clinical trial designs with routinely collected real-world data

4.45 p.m. – Round Up Discussion


For more information, please see the flyer below.