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Evaluating Health PromotionPractice and Methods$
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Margaret Thorogood and Yolande Coombes

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528807.001.0001

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Evaluating interventions

Evaluating interventions

Experimental study designs in health promotion

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(p.57) Chapter 5 Evaluating interventions
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Evaluating Health Promotion
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Annie Britton

Margaret Thorogood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528807.003.0005

An experimental study is the standard method for evaluating clinical effectiveness. In such a study, a group of people exposed to an intervention is compared with another group that has not been exposed. There are a range of study designs with various advantages and disadvantages. This chapter discusses these different designs and how the most appropriate design must be chosen. It considers some of the strengths and weaknesses of randomized controlled trials and describes some other forms of experimental design used in health promotion.

Keywords:   randomized controlled trials, health services, intervention, health promotion evaluation, experimental research

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