Designing Randomised Trials in Health, Education and the Social Sciences: An Introduction

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2008 - Social Science - 256 pages
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Policy makers are increasingly demanding evidence from randomized trials. The book focuses on the design of rigorous trials rather than their statistical underpinnings or analyses. Consequently, statistical theory is absent and statistical methods are minimal. Few other texts go into such detailed description about randomization procedures and different trial designs within the same volume. The book has chapters on: pragmatic designs; placebo designs; preference approaches; unequal allocation; economics; analytical approaches; randomization methods.

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Contents

Background to Controlled Trials
1
The Limitations of Before and After Designs
9
History of Controlled Trials
17
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DAVID J. TORGERSON is Director of York Trials Unit, University of York, UK. He has published extensively on randomised trial design and has worked on trials in health and educational research. CAROLE J. TORGERSON is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York, UK. She has published extensively in the field of systematic reviews of randomised trials. She is Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration Education Co-ordinating Group. She has also worked on a number of randomised trials in the field of education.

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