Protocols: more structure, less ‘Wuthering Heights’

Shaun Treweek* (Corresponding Author)

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The presentation format of Wuthering Heights does not make finding things easy; you’re supposed to start at the beginning and keep going.1 For a novel this hardly matters; few people pick up Wuthering Heights just to find out what Heathcliff said when Catherine died.

But it does matter for trial protocols. People do look at these protocols just to find out how the randomisation was done, or what the primary outcome is, or how adverse events will be collected.
Original languageEnglish
Article number649
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

The Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, receives core funding from the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates.

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