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allocation schedule concealment

— Methods used to prevent knowledge beforehand of which participants will be allocated to which treatments in a study.


allocation sequence concealment, concealment of allocation

Full explanation:

Allocation schedule concealment refers to actions taken to prevent foreknowledge of upcoming allocations among those people allocating participants to treatment comparison groups, and among potential participants in a study.

Unconcealed allocation schedules may lead to biased decisions about trial eligibility, or about allocations to a particular treatment (including placebo, or no treatment).

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