Developing and evaluating complex interventions: The new Medical Research Council guidance
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Complex interventions are widely used in the health service, in public health practice, and in areas of social policy that have important health consequences, such as education, transport, and housing. They present various problems for evaluators, in addition to the practical and methodological difficulties that any successful evaluation must overcome. In 2000, the Medical Research Council (MRC) published a frameworkThe following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version. Destroy user interface control1 to help researchers and research funders to recognise and adopt appropriate methods. The framework has been highly influential, and the accompanying BMJ paper is widely cited.The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version. Destroy user interface control2 However, much valuable experience has since accumulated of both conventional and more innovative methods. This has now been incorporated in comprehensively revised and updated guidance recently released by the MRC (www.mrc.ac.uk/complexinterventionsguidance). In this article we summarise the issues that prompted the revision and the key messages of the new guidance.
Copyright © 2008 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. This articles was first published in: BMJ, 2008, Vol. 337, Issue 7676, pp. 979 - 983
BMJ, 2008, Vol. 337, Issue 7676, pp. 979 - 983