Caroline Fairhurst



Caroline joined the York Trials Unit in 2012 and currently supports a number of trials at the unit in the fields of health, education and the social sciences as a Statistician. She is the lead for Graduate Teaching Assistants within the Department of Health Sciences.


  • MMath in Mathematics, University of York (2010)
  • MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications, University of Sheffield (2014)



Caroline's main research interests lie in randomised controlled trials, cluster RCTs, statistics and trial methodology.



  • ABRA - Online Reading Support Abracadabra.
  • BreatheMOR-HF - Morphine for the relief of breathlessness in stable chronic heart failure.
  • BRIGHT - Brushing reminder for good oral health.
  • E-PLAYS - Evaluating ‘Enhancing Pragmatic LAnguage skills for Young children with Social communication disorder’.
  • EXACT - Exercise for adults with Crohn's.
  • FARSTER - Feasibilty study of early outpatient review and early cardiac rehabilitation after coronary artery bypass grafting.
  • Gentle Years Yoga - Individually randomised controlled, two arm, pragmatic, multi-centre trial to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of an adapted yoga programme for older adults with multimorbidity.
  • KReBS - A randomised controlled trial of the effect of a two-layer compression bandage system on knee function following total knee arthroplasty.
  • LEXIA - A computer-based independent learning system (ILS), was originally developed in the US to help pupils with dyslexia.
  • Maths Champions - The effectiveness of Maths Champions on the mathematical development and skills of children aged 3 & 4 years.
  • MCLASS II - Muslim Communities Learning About Second-hand Smoke in Bangladesh
  • OTIS - Occupational therapist intervention study.
  • QIST - Scaling up quality improvement for surgical teams trial.
  • ReflectED - Evaluate the effectiveness of ReflectED on maths and reading outcomes for pupils in both KS1 and KS2.
  • SCIMITAR+ - Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness.
  • SCI-napse - The impact of a game-based approach to whole-class teaching.
  • SSHeW - Does slip resistant footwear reduce slips among healthcare workers? A randomised controlled trial.
  • SWHSI - Open surgical wounds.
  • SWHSI 2 - A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial of negative pressure wound therapy for open surgical wounds.
  • SWIFFT - Scaphiod waist internal fixation for fractures.
  • Tutor Trust - Affordable primary tuition.

Research group(s)



Caroline provides marking assistance for the Introduction to Regression Analysis module.


Full publications list

Contact details

Caroline Fairhurst

Tel: 01904 32(1513)