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The Randomized Controlled Trial: Gold Standard, or Merely Standard?

Grossman, Jason; Mackenzie, Fiona


The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is not a gold standard: it is a good experimental design in some circumstances, but that's all. Potential shortcomings in the design and implementation of RCTs are often mentioned in passing, yet most researchers consider that RCTs are always superior to all other types of evidence. This paper examines the limitations of RCTs and shows that some types of evidence commonly supposed to be inferior to all RCTs are actually superior to many. This has important...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine


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