The possibility of critical realist randomised controlled trials

@inproceedings{Porter2017ThePO,
  title={The possibility of critical realist randomised controlled trials},
  author={Sam Porter and Tracey McConnell and Joanne Louise Reid},
  booktitle={Trials},
  year={2017}
}
BackgroundSome realists have criticised randomised controlled trials for their inability to explain the causal relations that they identify; to take into account the influence of the social context of the interventions they evaluate; and to account for individual difference. However, among realists, there is controversy over whether it is possible to improve trials by making them realist, or whether realism and the philosophical assumptions underlying trials are incompatible. This paper… CONTINUE READING
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