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Real world COPD study may be better way to evaluate drug treatments

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 05 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4796
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A real world controlled effectiveness study carried out in unselected patients from UK general practices provides a better way of evaluating drug treatments for use in routine clinical care than standard randomised controlled trials, say the authors of a study in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).1

The Salford Lung Study randomly assigned 2799 patients with COPD to a once daily inhaled combination of fluticasone-furoate and vilanterol or to usual care. The patients were recruited from 75 general practices in Salford …

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