This is the blog for the paper "To RCT or not to RCT: deciding when “more evidence is needed” for public health policy and practice."
The paper was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in June 2011:
The paper describes a simple decision aid to help policymakers, researchers and other decisionmakers assess the potential “information value” of a new trial of a public health intervention. It is based on a flowchart which aims to make explicit (i) the user’s information needs; and (ii) the intended use of the new information which the study will produce; (iii) the added value of the evidence to be derived from the new study and (iv) the levels of precision, bias and generalisability required by the user.
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