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Randomized Controlled Trials and the Flow of Information

Roush, Sherrilyn (2009) Randomized Controlled Trials and the Flow of Information. Philosophical Studies, 143. pp. 137-145. ISSN 0031-8116

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Abstract

The transferability problem – whether the results of an experiment will transfer to a treatment population – affects not only Randomized Controlled Trials but any type of study. The problem for any given type of study can also, potentially, be addressed to some degree through many different types of study. The transferability problem for a given RCT can be investigated further through another RCT, but the variables to use in the further experiment must be discovered. This suggests we could do better on the epistemological problem of transferability by promoting, in the repeated process of formulating public health guidelines, feedback loops of information from the implementation setting back to researchers who are defining new studies.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Roush, Sherrilynsherri.roush@gmail.com
Keywords: randomized controlled trial, RCT, evidence-based policy, transferability problem, cause, confounder, discovery of new variables
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Sherrilyn Roush
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 02:37
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 02:37
Item ID: 17414
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Studies
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-008-9320-3
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-008-9320-3
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
Date: 2009
Page Range: pp. 137-145
Volume: 143
ISSN: 0031-8116
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17414

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