At the UMCG and UCP we are working hard to improve the prognosis of our patients. We do so by thinking about the development of new interventions. We often research the efficacy of new treatments in so called randomised controlled trials (RCT). At the moment, this is the golden standard for a comparison between different treatments.
The drawback of randomised controlled trials (RCT), however, is that the individual characteristics of patients that may be relevant for their treatment can only be factored in to a limited extent. This is why within UCP we have started a different type of research, which primarily focuses on the individual rather than the group. This type of scientific research is based on the idiographic method.