Barriers to conducting randomised controlled trials: Lessons learnt from the Horsechestnut & Venous Leg Ulcer Trial (Havlut)

Leach, M.J.

Contemporary Nurse 15(1-2): 37-47

2003


ISSN/ISBN: 1037-6178
DOI: 10.5172/conu.15.1-2.37
Accession: 068502603

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Abstract
The RCT is considered the gold standard for testing a therapeutic intervention. However, the conduct of an RCT is not without numerous obstacles. As illustrated through the recent Horsechestnut and Venous Leg Ulcer Trial (HAVLUT), these barriers can be attributed to randomisation, recruitment, retention, blinding and sampling procedures, and to gate keeping. These obstacles, together with strategies to prevent and overcome them, are detailed throughout this article, and are aimed at ameliorating the future design and conduct of RCTs.