LOGIN
 
Share Page:
Back

Volume 4 , Issue 5
September/October 1991

Pages 482-486


Combined Use of Intersubject and Intrasubject Controls to Distinguish Treatment Versus Patient Effect in Retrospective Studies

Freilich/Katz


PMID: 1811645

Clinical researchers seek to eliminate specific subject attributes from becoming confounding variables to distinguish a treatment effect from an underlying patient effect. In prospective studies, the random assignment of subjects into experimental groups results in the equal distribution of subject attributes, thereby eliminating them as confounding variables. Retrospective study designs, often used in prosthodontics research, preclude the random assignment of subjects. This article describes the application of a standard research design that combines the use of intersubject and intrasubject controls to compensate for the potential imbalance in subject attributes in retrospective clinical studies. This approach should help prevent clinical investigators from declaring differences between experimental groups when, in fact, no differences exist.


Full Text PDF File | Order Article

 

 
Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web site.
Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

© 2017 Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc

IJP Home
Current Issue
Ahead of Print
Archive
Author Guidelines
About
Accepted Manuscripts
Submission Form
Submit
Reprints
Permission
Advertising
Quintessence Home
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy
About Us
Contact Us
Help