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Single-subject experimental designs: a practical research alternative for practicing physicians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1621531     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Single-subject research designs offer a viable alternative to the more customary group-comparison designs. The flexibility and practicality of these designs make them particularly well suited for practicing family physicians interested in testing their clinical hunches. Three designs are described that are feasible in a practice setting: ABAB (reversal), multiple-baseline, and the alternating treatment design. Either visual inspection or statistical approaches can be used to evaluate these designs. By being aware of their limitations and by following simple practical steps, the practicing physician can use these designs to improve care of individual patients while simultaneously contributing to our general knowledge.
M K Marvel; N Amodei
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family practice research journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0270-2304     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Pract Res J     Publication Date:  1992 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-08-06     Completed Date:  1992-08-06     Revised Date:  2012-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8208228     Medline TA:  Fam Pract Res J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Trials as Topic
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Physicians, Family*
Research Design*

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