Section Editors

  • Timothy Beebe, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Phil Edwards, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Chiu-Hsieh (Paul) Hsu, University of Arizona
  • Vivian Welch, University of Ottawa

Executive Editor

  • Giulia Mangiameli, BioMed Central


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    Who knows an opinion leader?

    Surveys and questionnaires to identify influential practitioners in a healthcare context present clear limitations in response and coverage rates, forcing the community to rethink methods for implementation strategy and behavior intervention.

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014, 14:38
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    New strategies for indigenous cohort studies

    Practical strategies to maintain follow-up rates during birth cohort studies in challenging conditions among Australian Aboriginal may help preventing serious burden of chronic disease among Indigenous people worldwide.

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014, 14:31
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    Waiting list control and bias

    An intervention for problem drinking reveals that trials with waiting list control conditions may overestimate treatment effects and that it may not be appropriate to assign participants actively ready to change to this study design.

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013, 13:150
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    hd-PS performance with aggregate confounder information

    Performance of the high-dimensional propensity score (hd-PS) algorithm to control for confounders in cohorts with small size or low outcome incidence may be improved through the aggregation of medication and medical diagnoses, using hierarchical coding systems.

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013, 13:142
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    Collecting safety data during trials

    Questioning methods and social context influence the detection of safety data during clinical trials and may preclude valid cross-trial comparisons indicating that alternative approaches, such as pictorial methods, may enhance communication of this information.

    BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013, 13:140



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