It might sound obvious, but the outcomes that researchers look to prove are hugely important. Thought needs to be given to their significance not just statistically but from a patient orientated point of view.
A study will frequently look at several other outcomes beside the primary hypothesis, these are known as secondary outcomes. Whilst these outcomes can provide some useful information it is important to understand their limitations to prevent inappropriate conclusions being drawn.
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If an outcome from a trial is statistically significant it becomes worth implementing into practice?
The greater the number of secondary outcomes, the more likely they will all be positive?