Understanding and Interpreting Studies using Real-World Data

Tuesday 22 October 2024
09:30 - 17:00 (GMT)

Evidence generated from clinical observational studies, outside of clinical trials, known as real world evidence (RWE), is increasingly used to inform decision-making surrounding the use of medicines. The application of RWE is modernising the process of drug discovery, development, post-authorisation safety and effectiveness and outcomes research. The potential for the use of RWE throughout the entire lifecycle of medicines continues to grow.

This 1-day course aims to provide an introduction to RWE studies in the context of pharmaceutical medicine.

This 1-day course is delivered by DSRU for FPM.

What will we cover?

  • Basic principles and value of real-world data in pharmaceutical medicine and research
  • Strengths and challenges of using real world evidence and its use in medical research
  • Real world evidence in drug safety
  • Current and future applications of real-world evidence

Who should attend?

This full-day course will be introductory; no pre-requisites are required. It is suitable for:

  • Pharmaceutical physicians working in the field of pharmaceutical medicine
  • Those working in pharmaceutical industry without medical / life sciences backgrounds


Director of the DSRU

Debabrata Roy PhD 
Head of Epidemiology and Research at the DSRU

Samantha Lane MSc 
Head of Research at the DSRU Centre for Pharmacovigilance Science

Where is this workshop taking place?

This 1-day course is being delivered in a Hybrid format. At the checkout, you have the option of selecting an in-person ticket or an online ticket.

The course will be delivered in person at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

You can find us here:

19 Angel Gate,
326a City Road,

If you cannot attend in person, you can join us online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed to attendee’s registered e-mail address, with a reminder sent shortly before the event.

Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or have any questions, please email training@fpm.org.uk.

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This event will take place online on:

Tuesday 22 October 2024 09:30-17:00 (GMT)

Price options:

In person FPM member fee £175
In person non-Member fee £225

Online FPM member fee £150
Online non-member fee £200

Reduced rates are available for FPM members who fulfil one of the following criteria: PMST trainees, People from low and lower-middle income countries, Unemployed, Part-time employed (earning less than £15,000 per year), People on Parental Leave, Junior Doctors. Contact training@fpm.org.uk to find out more.


Booking closes on Monday 21 October 12:00 (UK time), the day before the event.
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TimeSession Title
09:30-9:45 Welcome (FPM & DSRU)
09:45-10:45 Basic principles and value of RWD (Saad Shakir)
  • Limitations of RCTs
  • How RWD fills the gaps
10.45-11.45 Strengths and challenges of using RWE (Debabrata Roy)
  • Value of RWE research in pharmaceutical medicine
  • Limitations, including bias and confounding
  • Selection of real-world data source(s)
11: 45-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:45 Real-World Evidence in Drug Safety: Methods and Data Sources (Samantha Lane)
  • Populations in pharmacoepidemiology
  • Study designs
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:30 Real-World Evidence in Drug Safety: Methods and Data Sources (continued, Debabrata Roy)
  • Statistical analysis
  • Interpretation of study results (including statistical significance and confidence intervals)
14:30-15:30 Current and future applications of RWE (DSRU & external speaker)
  • Current uses of RWE
  • Uses of RWE in outcomes research (External speaker will be invited)
    • Value of RWE for this purpose
    • Uses of RWE outcomes research in pharmaceutical medicine
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 The future of RWE (DSRU speaker)
  • Advances in the generation of RWE, including the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • The use of RWE in expedited authorisations/ approvals
16:30-17:00 Closing Remarks (Saad Shakir)

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