Chapter 4. Understanding Clinical Trial Design and Results

  1. David J. Kerr,
  2. Kirstine Knox,
  3. Diane C. Robertson,
  4. Derek Stewart and
  5. Renée Watson

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750612.ch4

Clinical Trials Explained: A Guide to Clinical Trials in the NHS For Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Trials Explained: A Guide to Clinical Trials in the NHS For Healthcare Professionals

How to Cite

Kerr, D. J., Knox, K., Robertson, D. C., Stewart, D. and Watson, R. (eds) (2006) Understanding Clinical Trial Design and Results, in Clinical Trials Explained: A Guide to Clinical Trials in the NHS For Healthcare Professionals, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470750612.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727918581

Online ISBN: 9780470750612

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Keywords:

  • design;
  • randomisation;
  • trial participants;
  • placebos;
  • effective treatment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Understanding Clinical Trial Design and Results

  • Understanding randomisation and blinding in clinical trials

  • Understanding controls and placebos

  • Why are placebos used in clinical trials?

  • What about trials that are not controlled or blinded?

  • Understanding clinical trial results

  • Summary