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  1. Subverting randomization in controlled trials.

    Article - En anglais

    Recent empirical evidence supports the importance of adequate randomization in controlled trials.

    Trials with inadequate allocation concealment have been associated with larger treatment effects compared with trials in which authors reported adequate allocation concealment.

    While that provides empirical evidence of bias being interjected into trials, trial investigators rarely document the sensitive details of subverting the intended purpose of randomization.

    This article relates anonymous accounts of deciphering assignment sequences before allocation based on experiences acquired from epidemiologic workshops for physicians.

    These accounts run the gamut from simple to intricate operations, from transillumination of envelopes to searching for code in the office files of the principal investigator.

    They indicate that deciphering is something more frequent than a rare occurrence.

    These accounts prompt some methodological recommendations to help prevent deciphering.

    Randomized controlled trials appear to annoy human nature-if properly conducted, indeed they should.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Randomisation, Qualité, Essai clinique, Epidémiologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Randomization, Quality, Clinical trial, Epidemiology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0015513

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.