What Does Prospective Mean?


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The word prospective is defined as someone or something concerned with or related to a future occurrence or event or something which is expected to happen at a later date. In medicine, a prospective study is a study or a clinical trial. In a prospective study, the participants are first identified and then followed forward in time. When something is said to be prospective, it means that event or person is likely to come about in the future or is related to or will be effective in the future.

In a prospective study or a prospective clinical trial, the method of analysis of data is specified in a protocol before commencing the prospective study. The patients are randomly assigned to receive either the study drug or an alternative method of treatment. In either case, neither the patients nor the doctor who is conducting the prospective study knows what type of treatment is being given to which patient.

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