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Why test theory fidelity?

Recent guidance about developing and evaluating complex interventions emphasises the need to use theoretical explanations to aid understanding of what works within an intervention. This is in direct contrast to the large research literature about drug studies, where human physiology

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Interpreting research evidence, from there to here

A key challenge in using research in practice is knowing how to interpret and translate results. Even when we have clear results from a well designed randomised controlled trial (RCT), there is a challenge in understanding and interpreting the results.

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Why is context important in healthcare improvement?

Context is the new keyword to describe the conditions present in the environment when an intervention is carried out to improve healthcare. It is usually excluded from controlled experimental studies, so that the treatment effect can be attributed to the

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Why research may not help individuals

Many of us have learned that large experiments with representative samples and random allocation of participants are vital to be able to generalise results back to the target population. Yet we must be careful in applying these results for individuals,

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