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Randomized Controlled TrialsDesign and Implementation for Community-Based Psychosocial Interventions$
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Phyllis Solomon, Mary M. Cavanaugh, and Jeffrey Draine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333190.001.0001

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Designing the Randomized Controlled Trial

Designing the Randomized Controlled Trial

Chapter:
(p.96) 5 Designing the Randomized Controlled Trial
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Randomized Controlled Trials
Author(s):

Phyllis Solomon

Mary M. Cavanaugh

Jeffrey Draine

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333190.003.0005

The research design operationalizes the elements of an RCT and places it within the social context for the study. Building on a strong conceptualization and what is known about the service setting, the design provides a detailed, replicable strategy for answering the research question. Chapter 5 reviews the elements and critical decision points in RCT study design. These include the basic logic of RCT designs, identifying and controlling for common confounds in RCT results, and various randomization procedures. Other important aspects of design relate to sampling, outcome measurement, and timing of outcome measurement points. At the center of any RCT, the clear conceptualization of conditions enhances the capacity of the study to inform practice. Data analysis and emerging alternatives to traditional RCT design are also addressed.

Keywords:   design, conditions, confounds, sampling, analysis

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