Title

Comparing drug effectiveness at health plans: the ethics of cluster randomized trials

UMMS Affiliation

Meyers Primary Care Institute

Date

10-25-2008

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

*Cluster Analysis; Data Collection; Health Facility Administrators; Humans; Informed Consent; Patient Satisfaction; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

Disciplines

Health Services Research | Primary Care

Abstract

"Cluster randomized trials," in which groups of patients are randomly assigned to different therapeutic interventions, provide a powerful way of evaluating drugs. CRTs have not been widely used, in good part because of concerns about whether patients must give informed consent to participate in them. A better understanding of how CRTs fit into clinical practice resolves the concerns.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Hastings Cent Rep. 2008 Sep-Oct;38(5):39-48. Link to article on publisher's website

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

18947140