Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are the gold standard of study design because randomization ensures that differences in outcomes between a treatment and control group reflect the causal effect of treatment. Although RCTs greatly benefit science and society for this reason, they often cannot be conducted because of logistical, ethical, or resource constraints.1 Researchers are thus confronted with many questions left unanswered.
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Guduguntla V, McWilliams JM. Exploiting Clinical Decision-making Thresholds to Recover Causal Effects From Observational Data: Randomization Without Trials. JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 05, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.0923
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