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The importance of having a conceptual stage when reporting non-randomized studies

The importance of having a conceptual stage when reporting non-randomized studies Formal guidelines for statistical reporting of non-randomized studies are important for journals that publish results of such studies. Although it is gratifying to see some journals providing guidelines for statistical reporting, we feel that the current guidelines that we have seen are not entirely adequate when the study is used to draw causal conclusions. We therefore offer some comments on ways to improve these studies. In particular, we discuss and illustrate what we regard as the need for an essential initial stage of any such statistical analysis, the conceptual stage, which formally describes the embedding of a non-randomized study within a hypothetical randomized experiment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biostatistics & Epidemiology Taylor & Francis

The importance of having a conceptual stage when reporting non-randomized studies

Biostatistics & Epidemiology , Volume 5 (1): 10 – Jan 2, 2021

The importance of having a conceptual stage when reporting non-randomized studies

Abstract

Formal guidelines for statistical reporting of non-randomized studies are important for journals that publish results of such studies. Although it is gratifying to see some journals providing guidelines for statistical reporting, we feel that the current guidelines that we have seen are not entirely adequate when the study is used to draw causal conclusions. We therefore offer some comments on ways to improve these studies. In particular, we discuss and illustrate what we regard as the need...
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2470-9379
eISSN
2470-9360
DOI
10.1080/24709360.2021.1913707
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Abstract

Formal guidelines for statistical reporting of non-randomized studies are important for journals that publish results of such studies. Although it is gratifying to see some journals providing guidelines for statistical reporting, we feel that the current guidelines that we have seen are not entirely adequate when the study is used to draw causal conclusions. We therefore offer some comments on ways to improve these studies. In particular, we discuss and illustrate what we regard as the need for an essential initial stage of any such statistical analysis, the conceptual stage, which formally describes the embedding of a non-randomized study within a hypothetical randomized experiment.

Journal

Biostatistics & EpidemiologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2021

Keywords: Observational studies; statistical analysis; embedding studies

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