How usual is usual care in pragmatic intervention studies in primary care? An overview of recent trials.

@article{Smelt2010HowUI,
  title={How usual is usual care in pragmatic intervention studies in primary care? An overview of recent trials.},
  author={Antonia F. H. Smelt and Gerda M van der Weele and Jeanet W Blom and Jacobijn Gussekloo and Willem J. J. Assendelft},
  journal={The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners},
  year={2010},
  volume={60 576},
  pages={e305-18}
}
BACKGROUND Because pragmatic trials are performed to determine if an intervention can improve current practice, they often have a control group receiving 'usual care'. The behaviour of caregivers and patients in this control group should be influenced by the actions of researchers as little as possible. Guidelines for describing the composition and management of a usual care control group are lacking. AIM To explore the variety of approaches to the usual care concept in pragmatic trials, and… CONTINUE READING
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