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The importance of trials for global mental health 

The importance of trials for global mental health
The importance of trials for global mental health

Graham Thornicroft

and Vikram Patel

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date: 21 November 2018

This chapter sets the scene for the book as a whole by defining key terms, giving a brief history of randomized controlled trails (RCTs) in mental health research, explaining why RCTs can produce strong forms of evidence, and by locating trials within the translational research continuum. The authors describe criteria with which to judge the quality of pragmatic RCTs. Finally the authors discuss how the results of trials can be used to inform policy, investment, and service delivery decisions in low and middle income countries.

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