Can ‘realist’ randomized controlled trials be genuinely realist?

Van Belle, S, Wong, G, Westhorp, G et al. (4 more authors) (2016) Can ‘realist’ randomized controlled trials be genuinely realist? Trials, 17. 313. ISSN 1745-6215



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Keywords: randomized controlled trials; realist evaluation; scientific realism; causation
  • Accepted: 4 May 2016
  • Published: 7 July 2016
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
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Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 10:22
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2017 05:10
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Publisher: BioMed Central
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