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Study design

Section edited by Demosthenes Panagiotakos

This section considers manuscripts that investigate how choices of research methodology and study design can impact study results, including research participation and study outcomes.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Information from blood cultures is utilized for infection control, public health surveillance, and clinical outcome research. This information can be enriched by physicians’ assessments of positive blood cultu...

    Authors: Kim O Gradel, Jenny Dahl Knudsen, Magnus Arpi, Christian Østergaard, Henrik C Schønheyder and Mette Søgaard

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:139

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  2. Content type: Debate

    Despite growing support for mixed methods approaches we still have little systematic knowledge about the consequences of combining surveys and focus groups. While the methodological aspects of questionnaire su...

    Authors: Benedicte Carlsen and Claire Glenton

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:134

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Verbal autopsy has been widely used to estimate causes of death in settings with inadequate vital registries, but little is known about its validity. This analysis was part of Addis Ababa Mortality Surveillanc...

    Authors: Awoke Misganaw, Damen Haile Mariam, Tekebash Araya and Aderaw Aneneh

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:130

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    A knowledge synthesis attempts to summarize all pertinent studies on a specific question, can improve the understanding of inconsistencies in diverse evidence, and can identify gaps in research evidence to def...

    Authors: Monika Kastner, Andrea C Tricco, Charlene Soobiah, Erin Lillie, Laure Perrier, Tanya Horsley, Vivian Welch, Elise Cogo, Jesmin Antony and Sharon E Straus

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:114

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The UK Collaborative HIV Cohort (UK CHIC) is an observational study that collates data on HIV-positive adults accessing HIV clinical care at (currently) 13 large clinics in the UK but does not collect pregnanc...

    Authors: Susie E Huntington, Loveleen K Bansi, Claire Thorne, Jane Anderson, Marie-Louise Newell, Graham P Taylor, Deenan Pillay, Teresa Hill, Pat A Tookey and Caroline A Sabin

    Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:110

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