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Intervention research, randomised trials and knowledge for decision-making
  1. James R Dunn
  1. Correspondence to Dr James R Dunn, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada; jim.dunn{at}

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At the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, we are encouraging submissions and debate about emerging research on interventions to improve health. In this issue, Petticrew et al1 present a tool for helping decision-makers decide whether they need to commission randomised control trial research on interventions they may be considering. The tool is an important and helpful one, identifying a number of the issues that one might need to consider in making such a decision.

There are a number of things that we need to be wary of in asking such questions about research and decision-making. I don't think I am going out on a limb when I say that much of what is written about knowledge translation in …

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