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Can observational studies provide a realistic alternative to randomized controlled trials in palliative care?

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Evidence-based medicine demands 'gold standard' randomized controlled trials (RCTs). If strict criteria of quality, validity, and size are met, observational studies give the same result. Given the dearth of RCTs in palliative care, our aim was to identify good observational studies using PubMed searches and e-mail letters to experts in palliative care. The prior intention was provide the most comprehensive description possible to date of observational studies in palliative care, rather than ...

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10.1080/15360280902899921

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
NDM Experimental Medicine
Role:
Author
Journal:
Journal of pain and palliative care pharmacotherapy
Volume:
23
Issue:
2
Pages:
106-113
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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EISSN:
1536-0539
ISSN:
1536-0288
Source identifiers:
66502
Language:
English
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pubs:66502
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uuid:1ef626c2-f97d-4f1c-9825-5732a94db557
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pubs:66502
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2012-12-19

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