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Br J Surg. 1993 Aug;80(8):964-6.

Surgical evaluation at the crossroads.

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Scarborough Hospital, North Yorkshire, UK.

Abstract

Surgeons have lagged behind physicians and oncologists in embracing randomized controlled clinical trials. This paper suggests that a complete, accurate and objective comparison of the outcome of a novel intervention with that of a traditional intervention in previous years, or in another surgical group, can yield valuable information and can lead surgeons to improve their practice. There has recently been a decline in the number of randomized controlled trials published in The British Journal of Surgery; this may reflect the unwillingness of many patients to allow their surgical treatment to be decided by chance.

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PMID:
8402089
DOI:
10.1002/bjs.1800800807
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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