Randomised controlled trials (RCTs)

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  • Target Audience Self-directed learning
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  • Duration <5 mins
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Randomised controlled trials (RCTs)

These are the ‘gold standard’ of scientific studies because they are ‘controlled’. This means that steps have been taken to try to eliminate things that might have an influence beyond the specific thing being studied (as opposed to epidemiological studies).

The conclusions of a good quality RCT, then, can be quite a strong basis for claims.

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