Methodology and reporting characteristics of studies using interrupted time series design in healthcare

Jemma Hudson (Corresponding Author), Shona Fielding, Craig R. Ramsay

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Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard when evaluating the causal effects of healthcare interventions. When RCTs cannot be used (e.g. ethically difficult), the interrupted time series (ITS) design is a possible alternative. ITS is one of the strongest quasi-experimental designs. The aim of this methodological study was to describe how ITS designs were being used, the design characteristics, and reporting in the healthcare setting.
Original languageEnglish
Article number137
JournalBMC Medical Research Methodology
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019



  • interrupted time series
  • quasi-experimental
  • healthcare interventions
  • Healthcare interventions
  • Quasi-experimental
  • Interrupted time series

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Epidemiology

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