Health services changes: is a run-in period necessary before evaluation in randomised clinical trials?

Trishna Rathod, John Belcher, Alan A Montgomery, Chris Salisbury, Nadine E Foster

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Abstract

Most randomised clinical trials (RCTs) testing a new health service do not allow a run-in period of consolidation before evaluating the new approach. Consequently, health professionals involved may feel insufficiently familiar or confident, or that new processes or systems that are integral to the service are insufficiently embedded in routine care prior to definitive evaluation in a RCT. This study aimed to determine the optimal run-in period for a new physiotherapy-led telephone assessment and treatment service known as PhysioDirect and whether a run-in was needed prior to evaluating outcomes in an RCT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41
JournalTrials
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2014

Structured keywords

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