7.4 - Summary

In this lesson, among other things, we learned:

  • Compare the benefits and limitations of narrowly defined eligibility criteria to broadly defined eligibility criteria
  • Recognize the impact of the 'healthy worker effect'.
  • Write inclusion and exclusion criteria that are less subject to misinterpretation.
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of a run-in period or extended baseline for a study.
  • Use a simple method to monitor patient accrual.
  • Recognize barriers to patient participation in clinical trials
  • Distinguish between an efficacy study and an effectiveness trial.