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Invited editorial Randomised controlled trials in children's services

Invited editorial Randomised controlled trials in children's services Invited editorial Randomised controlled trials in children’s services 1 2 David J Torgerson and Carole J Torgerson Director of the York Trials Unit, University of York Reader in Evidence- Background variables, has led to an over- or under-estimate of based Education, effectiveness or, worse, suggested a possibility of University of York In this two-part special edition of the Journal of benefit when there is actually a possibility of harm. Children’s Services (Volume 3, issues 1 and 2) the use of the randomised controlled trial (RCT) takes centre A non-random history of RCTs stage. The RCT is the best method to assess a causal relationship between intervention and outcome Although the first known randomised trials were (Torgerson & Torgerson, 2008). The only other undertaken in the 1930s in the field of education method that can, in theory, provide an unbiased (Walters, 1931; 1932) – among undergraduate estimate of causality is the regression discontinuity students at Purdue University in the US – the first (RD) design (Shadish et al, 2002). However, it is much trial involving children was undertaken in 1936. This less efficient than an RCT and typically requires at study, again in the US, evaluated an intervention least 2.75 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Children s Services Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1746-6660
DOI
10.1108/17466660200800001
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Abstract

Invited editorial Randomised controlled trials in children’s services 1 2 David J Torgerson and Carole J Torgerson Director of the York Trials Unit, University of York Reader in Evidence- Background variables, has led to an over- or under-estimate of based Education, effectiveness or, worse, suggested a possibility of University of York In this two-part special edition of the Journal of benefit when there is actually a possibility of harm. Children’s Services (Volume 3, issues 1 and 2) the use of the randomised controlled trial (RCT) takes centre A non-random history of RCTs stage. The RCT is the best method to assess a causal relationship between intervention and outcome Although the first known randomised trials were (Torgerson & Torgerson, 2008). The only other undertaken in the 1930s in the field of education method that can, in theory, provide an unbiased (Walters, 1931; 1932) – among undergraduate estimate of causality is the regression discontinuity students at Purdue University in the US – the first (RD) design (Shadish et al, 2002). However, it is much trial involving children was undertaken in 1936. This less efficient than an RCT and typically requires at study, again in the US, evaluated an intervention least 2.75

Journal

Journal of Children s ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 13, 2008

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