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Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}doctors.org.uk

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Surrogates, proxies and processes

When we look at treatments for children’s ill health, we tend to be stuck in a pleasant dilemma. We normally want to use treatments to stop kids dying and to make them better quicker—but it is uncommon for children to die, and they will often get better anyway. So we end up using alternative outcome measures; a proxy, surrogate or process measure. But do you …

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