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The choice of controls for providing validity and evidence in clinical research.

Authors
  • Malay, Sunitha
  • Chung, Kevin C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
130
Issue
4
Pages
959–965
Identifiers
PMID: 23018705
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors' review shows that 48 percent of the studies published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that were required to have a control group failed to incorporate a well-defined control group. Specific details pertaining to the methods used and the success obtained with those methods in recruiting controls need to be stated explicitly in the article to ensure uniformity and to support the validity of the research.

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