Sun Downstate; The Double Blind Method

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Suny Downstate’s explanation of why blinding is important in assessing the effects of treatments.

Key Concepts addressed:


A double blind study is one in which neither the patient nor the physician knows whether the patient is receiving the treatment of interest or the control treatment.

For example, studies of treatments that consist essentially of taking pills are very easy to do double blind – the patient takes one of two pills of identical size, shape, and color, and neither the patient nor the physician needs to know which is which.

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Suny Downstate Medical Center, EBM Resources