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The appraisal of public health interventions: the use of theory

OPEN Journal of public health (Oxford, England) | 13 Jul 2014

AG Threlfall, S Meah, AJ Fischer, R Cookson, H Rutter and MP Kelly
Abstract
Public health decision-making is hampered by inappropriate adherence to underpowered randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which give inconclusive results and lead to decision-makers being loath to recommend interventions with strong theoretical and observational support.
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Theory, Philosophy of science, Health care, Hypothesis, Scientific method, Public health, Randomized controlled trial, Epidemiology
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