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Comment & Response
May 21, 2019

Need for Randomized Trials to Support Procedural Interventions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia
  • 2Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, Liverpool, Australia
JAMA. 2019;321(19):1937-1938. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2032

To the Editor The Viewpoint by Dr Wallis and colleagues1 suggested that there is a limited role for randomized trials in establishing the effectiveness of procedural interventions. Instead the authors suggested that patients, physicians, and payers might need to take a “leap of faith” regarding robotic surgery and other procedural interventions. We are concerned by the implications of this message and believe there are better ways for science to keep up with innovation.