Critical appraisal skills are essential to informed decision-making

@inproceedings{Mhaskar2009CriticalAS,
  title={Critical appraisal skills are essential to informed decision-making},
  author={Rahul S. Mhaskar and Patricia J. Emmanuel and Shobha Kant Mishra and Sangita V. Patel and Eknath Naik and Ambuj Kumar},
  booktitle={Indian journal of sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS},
  year={2009}
}
WHENEVER A TRIAL IS CONDUCTED, THERE ARE THREE POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR THE RESULTS: a) findings are correct (truth), b) represents random variation (chance) or c) they are influenced by systematic error (bias). Random error is deviation from the 'truth' and happens due to play of chance (e.g. trials with small sample, etc.). Systematic distortion of the estimated intervention effect away from the 'truth' can also be caused by inadequacies in the design, conduct or analysis of a trial. Several… CONTINUE READING

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