Therapeutic studies

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Ultimately as clinicians we all want to make a difference to our patients, and that comes down to therapy. Understanding whether a therapy is effective or not and if so to what extent is essential when we decide on treatment.

In this section we have a look at key parts of therapeutic studies that will help us better appraise a therapeutic paper. The whole study should be designed around making the effect of the intervention as clear as possible.

This podcast covers

  • Randomisation
  • Allocation concealment
  • Blinding
  • Intention to treat & per-protocol analysis
  • Follow up
  • The outcome of interest
  • Composite outcomes

Once you’ve listened help consolidate the topics covered with the questions below.