Missing data affect almost all trials, yet guidance to date has not been comprehensive on how to best reduce, handle and report it. This session will use palliative care trials as an exemplar and will explore:

  • Why missing data matter in oncology trials
  • Why everyone involved in clinical trials is responsible for addressing missing data, including participants and clinicians
  • How to reduce missing data, especially in trials with participants with advanced disease
  • How to handle missing data using principled approaches, including handling data truncated due to death
  • How to report missing data clearly and transparently

By the end of the session, participants will have a clearer understanding of how to improve their processes related to clinical trials data collection and impact the practice of all involved including patients/carers, clinicians, trialists and statisticians, resulting in higher quality data to inform clinical practice.

Chair: Professor Annie Young, Professor of Nursing, University of Warwick


  1. Why missing data matter and how to best reduce it – Dr Jamilla Hussain, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Senior Research Fellow, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Bradford Institute for Health Research
  2. How to best handle missing data – Professor Ian White, Professor of Statistical Methods for Medicine, UCL
  3. How to best report missing data – Professor Anthony Byrne, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in the development and/or delivery of clinical trials.


1 category 1 (external) CPD credit for this session has been awarded by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians. Delegates requiring a CPD certificate can add this during the registration process for a charge of £15. CPD certificates will be sent automatically up to 10 days after the event date.



Sep 22 2022


11:00 am - 12:00 pm