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Can "realist" randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?

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In this paper, we respond to a paper by Jamal and colleagues published in Trials in October 2015 and take an opportunity to continue the much-needed debate about what applied scientific realism is. The paper by Jamal et al. is useful because it exposes the challenges of combining a realist evaluation approach (as developed by Pawson and Tilley) with the randomised controlled trial (RCT) design. We identified three fundamental differences that are related to paradigmatic differences in the...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1186/s13063-016-1407-0

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Van Belle, S More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care, Primary Care Health Sciences
Westhorp, G More by this author
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BioMed Central Publisher's website
Journal:
Trials Journal website
Volume:
17
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Article: 313
Publication date:
2016-07-07
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ISSN:
1745-6215
URN:
uuid:b6146047-4cf6-44d3-a75e-2269b6141de8
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632399
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pubs:632399

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