Clinical databases can complement controlled trials

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.615 (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:615
  1. Louie Plenderleith (louie.plenderleith.wg@northglasgow.scot.nhs.uk), consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care
  1. Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT

    EDITOR—We were interested to read the article by Padkin et al on the serendipitous use of the database of the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) to complement the results of clinical trials.1 There is at least one other such high quality database in Britain.

    Since 1995 the audit group of the Scottish Intensive Care Society, with national funding from the Clinical Resource and Audit …

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