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Educational psychology in medical learning: a randomised controlled trial of two aide memoires for the recall of causes of electromechanical dissociation
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    Re: Authors' response

    Dear Editor

    We must accept that our original analysis, which assumed statistical independence between observations obtained from staff within the same hospital, might not be justified. To explore this possibility we have computed Intra Cluster Correlation Coefficients (ICCs) using estimated components of variance obtained from an analysis of variance in which hospitals were treated as random effects within a nest...

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    Appropriate analysis and reporting of cluster randomised trials

    Dear Editor

    Dyson et al [1] use a pragmatic design to address an interesting question, but I am concerned that the statistical analysis may be inappropriate and could have led to erroneous conclusions being drawn. The study is a cluster randomised controlled trial. Instead of randomising individual House Officers (HOs), the authors have randomised groups of HOs (those working at the same hospital). This is entirely...

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    In need of a PEA?

    Dear Editor

    For feeble-minded souls such as myself, the aide mémoire has played a key part in my professional life. Some 30 years ago whilst demonstrating anatomy at Cambridge, I devised numerous mnemonics to assist with teaching. To illustrate their power, whilst I have forgotten the names of virtually all my students and most of my fellow demonstrators, I can recall each and every segment of the right lung, all...

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