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Qualitative approaches can strengthen generalization and application of clinical research.

Knottnerus, B.J., Bertels, L.S., Willems, D.L. Qualitative approaches can strengthen generalization and application of clinical research. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology: 2020, 119, 136-139
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- Key finding
To make clinical research results more relevant for individual patients, using qualitative types of generalization can have important added value.

- What this adds to what was known?
Several generalization types are suggested that can be used to individualize study results, using insights and methods from the social sciences.

- What is the implication and what should change now?
If different types of generalization are combined, study results may become better applicable and therefore more relevant to individual patients.