Observational studies: answering real-life questions about healthcare practice

By Ruth Whittington ([email protected]) Part 4 – Interpreting the results of observational studies In the last of our series on observational studies, this article addresses some of the issues involved in interpreting the results of such studies. When interpreting or reviewing the results of any study or trial, there are important questions that should be…

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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…

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