How to spot bias and other potential problems in randomised controlled trials

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These days, all clinical trials should be reported using the CONSORT guidelines1 (table 1); indeed JNNP recommends this in its instructions for authors. However, not all trials are reported in this way, and many journals do not insist on it. Thus some trials may have been carried out adequately but reported inadequately, while others have been carried out inadequately. Our aim in this article is to guide clinicians in what to look for in a report of a randomised controlled trial (RCT), so they can assess whether the trial was done adequately; we do not intend it to be a guide on how to do an RCT, as there are many such guides available.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-187
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2004

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