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IDEAL blog : Why are surgical trials so much more difficult to design than drug trials?

22 October 2015

There are many reasons why trials involving surgery can be more difficult to design and conduct than drug trials. One is that “…unlike 20 milligram tablets, no two surgical interventions are the same.”

In this blog, Natalie Blencowe and Jane Blazeby discuss what you should consider when designing the intervention in your surgical trial. The issues are described in full in a recent paper Trials 2015, 16:392 which also provides some guidance about addressing these challenges.




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