What was your question again? Types of medical studies

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Medical literature comes in all shapes and sizes, from animal studies to prospective clinical trials to retrospective chart reviews. In all of these cases, it is worth asking: What are the intellectual goals of the study: description, hypothesis testing, or hypothesis generating? This differentiation can help shape our view of the success or failure of the scientific effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-389
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Data exploration
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Hypothesis testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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