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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2007, Vol. 5 ›› Issue (1): 11-14.doi: 10.3736/jcim20070103

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Methods of selecting outcome variables for clinical intervention

Xia Wan1,2, Jian-ping Liu2, Hong-wei Zhang2, Yan-ke Ai2   

  1. 1. Institute of Basic Medical Science, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Department of Epidemiology, School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100005, China
    2. Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine Center for Clinical Research and Evaluation, School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Online:2007-01-31 Published:2007-01-21

There are two stages for selecting the clinical intervention outcome variables. One is crude collection and the other is precise collection. The selection methods include brainstorming method, Delphi method, Gordon method, systematic review, systematic analysis method, mathematic model method and so on. Each method has some advantages or disadvantages. When selecting the clinical intervention outcome variables, researchers should make sure the research aim, the representative and the sensitivity of the variables, and select all kinds of recommended methods comprehensively, then decide which method should be used.

Key words: clinic studies, intervention studies, outcome assessment, methods

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