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How to critically appraise a clinical trial

  • L. R. Sutherland

Abstract

The prescription of medications is a daily activity for most physicians. The act of prescribing incorporates a number of factors including issues related to effectiveness, appropriate use, comparability with other medications, adverse events and cost. The answers to most of these issues can be found within the body of the available medical literature. But therein lies a dilemma. Clinicians wish to base their therapeutic decisions on scientific data but are often overwhelmed by the number of case reports, open series and other therapeutic trials that are published each year.

Keywords

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis Active Medication Pill Count Open Series 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers and Axcan Pharma, Inc. 1994

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  • L. R. Sutherland

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