Observational studies: answering real-life questions about healthcare practice

By Ruth Whittington ([email protected]) Part 3 – Conducting an observational study Last month, we looked at the differences between observational studies and randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Here, we look at designing and conducting an observational study. Observational studies should be conducted to high standards. You can use the following checklist when designing observational studies; all…

In praise of eloquence

When the body of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is brought before the Romans, does the bard have them say “Whodunnit?” No, he has Mark Antony deliver the eloquent “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech. And the Roman poet Horace showed his lyrical skill with: “Pick today’s fruits, not relying on the future in the slightest.” Carpe diem. He did not, you will note, say “Have a nice day.”