A new co-produced article: ‘Undertaking a randomised controlled trial in the police setting: methodological and practical challenges’ has been published in Trials journal.
The article discusses a series of methodological and practical challenges that were experienced whilst conducting the Connect trial, including establishing the unit of randomisation; population of interest and sample size; co-production of evidence; time frame; outcomes and organisational issues. It concludes with some recommendations on the conduct of future randomised controlled trials in the police setting.
The Connect trial investigated the effectiveness of a face-to-face mental health training intervention, delivered by mental health professionals to mental health police officers. The purpose of the training was to enhance officer’s ability to effectively identify individuals with mental ill-health and manage incidents with a mental health component. In doing so, the aim of the training was to reduce the likelihood of such individuals being involved in future incidents and reduce demands on police resources. More information on the trial can be found within the article and on the Connect website.
The article can be accessed by all here