In defense of the randomized controlled trial for health promotion research

Laura Rosen*, Orly Manor, Dan Engelhard, David Zucker

*Corresponding author for this work

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The overwhelming evidence about the role lifestyle plays in mortality, morbidity, and quality of life has pushed the young field of modern health promotion to center stage. The field is beset with intense debate about appropriate evaluation methodologies. Increasingly, randomized designs are considered inappropriate for health promotion research. We have reviewed criticisms against randomized trials that raise philosophical and practical issues, and we will show how most of these criticisms can be overcome with minor design modifications. By providing rebuttal to arguments against randomized trials, our work contributes to building a sound methodological base for health promotion research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1181-1186
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


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