What Is Usual Care?

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Author: DaiWai M. Olson
Date: Apr. 2019
From: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing(Vol. 51, Issue 2)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, WK Health
Document Type: Editorial; Report
Length: 567 words
Lexile Measure: 1260L

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Last year was no different than any before. Once more, the leading scientists driving healthcare forward examined hundreds of exciting new interventions, medications, and practice paradigms. The vast majority of the articles published concluded that newer is better. The vast majority of the articles published came to this conclusion by finding a statistically significant difference between newer and normal.

I readily agree that statistics are useful to help us understand data. And I understand why the 2-group comparison, perhaps the most common study design used, is useful to develop the science. Certainly, most nurses who would imagine conducting research would at least consider designing a study to compare results from an intervention group with results from a control group. What I have trouble understanding is what really happened to the control group in clinical research results.

Although authors tend to go...

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