Benchmarking Controlled Trial--a novel concept covering all observational effectiveness studies.

Abstract:

:The Benchmarking Controlled Trial (BCT) is a novel concept which covers all observational studies aiming to assess effectiveness. BCTs provide evidence of the comparative effectiveness between health service providers, and of effectiveness due to particular features of the health and social care systems. BCTs complement randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as the sources of evidence on effectiveness. This paper presents a definition of the BCT; compares the position of BCTs in assessing effectiveness with that of RCTs; presents a checklist for assessing methodological validity of a BCT; and pilot-tests the checklist with BCTs published recently in the leading medical journals.

journal_name

Ann Med

journal_title

Annals of medicine

authors

Malmivaara A

doi

10.3109/07853890.2015.1027255

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-06-01 00:00:00

pages

332-40

issue

4

eissn

0785-3890

issn

1365-2060

journal_volume

47

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