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Moving beyond randomized controlled trials in the evaluation of compulsory community treatment

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  • Craig Duncan
  • Scott Weich
  • Graham Moon
  • Liz Twigg
  • Sarah‐Jane Fenton
  • Kamaldeep Bhui
  • Alastair Canaway
  • David Crepaz‐Keay
  • Patrick Keown
  • Jason Madan
  • Orla Mcbride
  • Helen Parsons
  • Swaran Singh
Compulsory community treatment for people with severe mental illness remains controversial due to conflicting research evidence. Recently, there have been challenges to the conventional view that trial‐based evidence should take precedence. This paper adds to these challenges in three ways. First, it emphasizes the need for critiques of trials to engage with conceptual and not just technical issues. Second, it develops a critique of trials centred on both how we can have knowledge and what it is we can have knowledge of. Third, it uses this critique to develop a research strategy that capitalizes on the information in large‐scale datasets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Early online date29 Jul 2019
Publication statusEarly online - 29 Jul 2019


  • Moving beyond randomized controlled trials

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Duncan, C, Weich, S, Moon, G, et al. Moving beyond randomized controlled trials in the evaluation of compulsory community treatment. J Eval Clin Pract. 2019., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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