Putting results of a clinical trial into perspective

Nicholas R Wilcken, Val J Gebski, Rhana Pike and Anthony C Keech
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00942.x
Published online: 2 April 2007

Authors of articles reporting clinical trials should discuss the results of their trial in the context of existing evidence. This approach is encouraged by the CONSORT statement (Box 1).1 A trial’s contribution to the evidence can be pinpointed by seeking answers to questions such as:

  • Nicholas R Wilcken1
  • Val J Gebski2
  • Rhana Pike3
  • Anthony C Keech4

  • NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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