Randomized controlled trials to investigate occupational therapy research questions.

@article{Nelson2004RandomizedCT,
  title={Randomized controlled trials to investigate occupational therapy research questions.},
  author={David L. Nelson and Virgil G Mathiowetz},
  journal={The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association},
  year={2004},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={24-34}
}
The randomized controlled trial (RCT) has become the most widely accepted research design for testing the efficacy of health care interventions. The purposes of this paper are to (a) introduce the essential elements of RCTs, and (b) discuss some of the special problems faced by occupational therapists in conducting and interpreting RCTs. The CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) statement is recommended as an introduction to the components of RCT quality. Problems pertinent to… CONTINUE READING
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