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Table 1 General study characteristics and context (n = 43 unless otherwise stated)

From: A systematic review of the use of an expertise-based randomised controlled trial design

  Number Percentage
Year of publication   
 1980–1989 2 5
 1990–1999 11 26
 2000–2009 23 53
 2010–2012 7 16
Funding (n = 28)   
 Charity 3 11
 Commercial 1 4
 Public body 14 50
 Mixed 10 37
Clinical area   
 Cardiology 5 5
 Emergency care 1 2
 Gastroenterology 2 5
 General medicine 4 9
 Geriatrics 1 5
 Mental health 11 26
 Musculoskeletal 8 19
 Neurology 3 7
 Obstetrics and gynaecology 2 5
 Oncology 1 2
 Ophthalmology 1 2
 Substance abuse 4 5
Intervention 1   
 Acupuncture 1 2
 Chiropractic 2 5
 Clinical management (various) 1 2
 Physiotherapy 3 7
 Procedure 17 40
 Psychotherapy 17 40
 Rehabilitation management (various) 2 5
Intervention 2   
 Anaesthetic 1 2
 Chiropractic 1 2
 Clinical management (various) 3 7
 Clinical management (various)/procedure 1 2
 Physiotherapy 3 7
 Procedure 16 37
 Psychotherapy 16 37
 Rehabilitation management (varied) 2 5
Difference between interventions   
 Minor 8 19
 Substantial 34 79
 Different type of care 1 2