Professor David Torgerson, Director of the York Trials Unit, joined the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in 1995 and became the Director of the York Trials Unit in 2002. Originally a health economist, he is a trial methodologist and has published widely on the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials including the book “Designing Randomised Controlled Trials in Health, Education and the Social Sciences (Palgrave Macmillan 2008)”. David has over 200 peer reviewed publications.
As well as designing healthcare trials, David works across the social sciences developing policy trials and collaborates with the Behavioural Insights Team at the Cabinet Office, supporting educational trials and trials in criminal justice.
- Diploma in Health Economics
- Module leader for Randomised Controlled Trial modules
- Member of research committee
- Joint module leader for Systematic Reviews
David's research interests include trials methodology, musculoskeletal problems, falls, osteoporosis and innovative trial designs.
- CASPAR - Collaborative care in screen- positive elders
- PROMOTE-A pragmatic, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of methotrexate to treat painful knee osteoarthritis
- REACCT - the randomised evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of computerised therapy
- SCIMITAR+-Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness
- PROFHER- Proximal Fracture of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation
- OTIS - Occupational Therapist Intervention Study
- Independent Evaluation of the Third Space Learning’s Online Maths Tuition Service – A cluster randomised controlled trial
- connect- Co-Production of Policing Evidence, Research and Training: Focus Mental Health
- EVerT2- Effective Verruca Treatments
- ABRA - Online Reading Support Abracadabra
- E-PLAYS - Evaluating ‘Enhancing Pragmatic LAnguage skills for Young children with Social communication disorder’ (E-PLAYS): A feasibility study
- MiQUIT 3 - RCT and meta-analysis testing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a tailored text message programme (MiQuit) for smoking cessation in pregnancy
- Tutor Trust Affordable Primary Tuition
- CPIT III - The Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy Incentives Trial (CPIT III): A Multi-centre phase III Randomised Controlled Trial
- YLST - Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial
- PROFHER 2 - PROximal Fracture of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation Trial no. 2 (PROFHER-2 Trial)
- PRESTO - Pragmatic Randomised Evaluation of Stable Thoracolumbar fracture treatment Outcomes
David is keen to supervise PhDs in the areas of: randomised trials and methodology of randomised trials.
- HYMS students - Trials and Falls prevention
David is able to supervise Masters students with an interest in randomised controlled trials. Projects might include pilot/feasibility trials, Studies within a Trial (SWATs) (e.g., methods to improve recruitment or retention to trials), secondary analysis of existing trials, methodological reviews of randomised trials. He also has an interest in musculoskeletal disorders and can supervise systematic reviews of RCTs in the area.
Invited talks and conferences
- Meeting at Parliament about trials in social policy
- Café Scientifique: trials in politics and public policy
Newspaper coverage of:
- Test, Learn, Adapt (Co-authored Cabinet Office paper on using trials in social policy)
Newspaper, Radio and TV coverage of:
- Yoga trial
- Radio 4 interview on Farming Today on badger culling