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Randomised controlled trials: part 2, reporting

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katherine Deane


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Occupational therapists reading reports of randomised controlled trials and trying to interpret the reliability and size of effects stated are frequently frustrated by poor standards of reporting. They need to be able to evaluate the profession's interventions critically: to stop the ineffective, to reduce the hazardous and to promote the effective., Without good quality trials and trial reports, the profession will continue to be dogged by systematic reviews that conclude that there is insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of occupational therapy. These, in turn, will mean that the use of occupational therapy cannot be promoted strongly in national guidelines and, therefore, services may become restricted., This review covers some of the issues to be considered when writing or reading a report of a randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention, such as occupational therapy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Deane KHO

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Year: 2006

Volume: 69

Issue: 6

Pages: 248-254

ISSN (print): 0308-0226

ISSN (electronic): 1477-6006

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.

Notes: Journal Article, Tables/Charts