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Table 3 Design methods

From: A survey of statistics in three UK general practice journal

  BMJ BJGP Family Practice Overall
Designs n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Cross-sectional survey 19 (24.1) 57 (39.3) 31 (34.8) 107 (35.1)
Qualitative study 3 (3.8) 16 (11.0) 17 (21.0) 36 (11.8)
Cohort study 8 (10.1) 21 (14.5) 4 (4.9) 33 (10.8)
RCT 14 (17.7) 7 (4.8) 8 (9.9) 29 (9.5)
Reviews 4 (5.1) 8 (5.5) 2 (2.5) 14 (4.6)
Reliability/diagnostic 2 (2.5) 8 (5.5) 1 (1.2) 11 (3.6)
Case-control study 4 (5.1) 1 (0.7) 3 (3.7) 8 (2.6)
Cluster RCT 4 (5.1) 1 (0.7) 2 (2.3) 7 (2.3)
Other 21 (26.6) 26 (17.9) 13 (16.0) 60 (19.7)
Total articles 79   145   81   305  
  1. Note
  2. RCT = randomised controlled trial.