Health science researchers have long believed the randomized controlled trial (RCT) to be the “gold standard” of study designs. There are many reasons for their contention that an RCT should be preferred to any of the observational study designs. However, there are also instances in which employment of this design would be inappropriate.
In a 4-page paper, discuss the merits and shortcomings of the RCT as a study design with regard to:
- Internal validity
- External validity
Length: 4 pages typed, double-spaced.
Assessment and Grading: Your paper will be assessed based on the performance assessment rubric that is linked within the course. Review it before you begin working on the assignment.
Your work should adhere to these MSHS Assignment Expectations.