Commentary: Randomized trials of controversial social interventions: slow progress in 50 years.

  • Ben Goldacre
  • Published 2015 in International journal of epidemiology


The attached paper—a study of caning schoolboys—is remarkable in many respects. In particular, it illustrates battles that are ongoing even half a century later around the ethics, feasibility, desirability and political acceptability of randomized trials (RCTs) outside medicine. For many working in medical research, it can seem peculiar that randomized… (More)
DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyv005
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