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[Determining the number of cases required at the basic level]

CHARLES du V Florey

OCTOBER 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(10)

[It is a serious disadvantage for an applicant - and this is particularly true in the case of health services research - if a grant application does not include an estimate of the number of cases required. Panel members need to be reassured that there is a high likelihood that a clear answer to the question posed can be given at the end of the research. An easy-to-understand explanation of the concepts involved in determining the number of cases, supported by diagrams, may encourage the more timid to pay more attention to this increasingly important issue in the evaluation of proposals.]



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