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Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for evaluating guideline implementation strategies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy Grimshaw, Professor Martin Eccles, Dr Nick Steen


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The choice of study design for guideline implementation studies will determine the confidence with which the observed effects can be attributed to the interventions under study. In general, cluster randomized trials, of which there are different types, provide the most robust design. However, the use of these designs has implications for the power, conduct and analysis of studies. Wherever possible, designs allowing head-to-head comparisons, which incorporate baseline measures of performance, should be used.

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Author(s): Grimshaw J, Campbell M, Eccles M, Steen N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Family Practice

Year: 2000

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Pages: S11-S16

ISSN (print): 0263-2136

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2229

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/fampra/17.suppl_1.S11

PubMed id: 10735262


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