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This is a synthesis of the medical research on a particular subject. It uses thorough methods to search for and include all or as much as possible of the research on the topic. Only relevant studies, usually of a certain minimum quality, are included. An intervention that to all intents and purposes appears to be the same as that which is being assessed but which does not have the active component being assessed.
A characteristic or effect that can be measured and quantified in different individuals. Clinical trials are research studies involving people who use services, which compare a new or different type of treatment with the best treatment currently available. They test whether the new or different treatment is safe, effective and any better than what already exists. No matter how promising a new treatment may appear during tests in a laboratory, it must go through clinical trials before its benefits and risks can really be known. Relating to or affecting the body as a whole, rather than individual parts and organs. A treatment, procedure or program of health care that has the potential to change the course of events of a healthcare condition.