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Are the people who take part in randomised controlled trials real? A response to Stewart-Brown, et al.

Forrester, Donald 2012. Are the people who take part in randomised controlled trials real? A response to Stewart-Brown, et al. Journal of Children's Services 7 (2) , pp. 144-147. 10.1108/17466661211238691

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper's aim is to explore the uses and limitations of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for evaluating complex interventions, with a particular focus on sample recruitment and retention issues. Design/methodology/approach – This is an invited critique of a previous paper. Findings – RCTs have many limitations. It is particularly important to consider issues relating to the sample they recruit and retain. Nonetheless, they remain a uniquely powerful way to exclude other potential explanations for outcomes and therefore provide robust evidence for the effectiveness of specific interventions. Originality/value – It is hoped that vigorous debate may contribute to a deepened understanding of the nature, limitations and potential contribution of RCTs to understanding the impact of different ways of helping people.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1746-6660
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87870

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