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Evaluating complex interventions is complicated. The Medical Research Council's evaluation framework (2000) brought welcome clarity to the task. Now the council has updated its guidance
The MRC is currently looking into updating this. The link here refers to the guidance published in May 2006 which revised the guidelines first drawn up in 2000.
BACKGROUND: Interactive Health Communication Applications (IHCAs) are computer-based, usually web-based health information packages for patients that combine information with at least one of social… Continue Reading
CONTEXT People with severe mental illness (SMI) appear to have an elevated risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but results regarding cancer mortality are conflicting. OBJECTIVE To estimate… Continue Reading
BACKGROUND There is evidence that the prevalence of common mental disorders varies across Europe. AIMS To compare prevalence of common mental disorders in general practice attendees in six European… Continue Reading
CONTEXT Allocation on the basis of randomization rather than patient choice is the gold standard of unbiased estimates of efficacy in clinical medicine. However, randomly allocating patients to… Continue Reading
Background Loss to follow-up from randomised trials can introduce bias and reduce study power, affecting the generalisability, validity and reliability of results. Many strategies are used to reduce… Continue Reading
BACKGROUND There is a paucity of data describing how general practitioners (GPs) label or record depression. AIMS To determine incidence and sociodemographic variation in GP-recorded depression… Continue Reading
BACKGROUND Sexual health promotion is a major public health challenge; there is huge potential for health promotion via technology such as the Internet. OBJECTIVES To determine effects of… Continue Reading
Background Interactive health communication applications (IHCAs) that combine high-quality health information with interactive components, such as self-assessment tools, behavior change support, peer… Continue Reading