What if a Study Showed Opioids Weren't Usually Needed? Print
Written by Aaron Carroll, MD, MS   
Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00
Promising health studies often don't pan out in reality. The reasons are many. Research participants are usually different from general patients; their treatment  doesn't match real-world practice; researchers can devote resources not available in most physician offices. Moreover, most studies, even the gold standard of randomized controlled trials, focus squarely on causality. They are set up to see if a treatment will work in optimal conditions, what scientists call efficacy. They're "explanatory."
Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2018 16:10