1. comparison and selection of objects having similar or identical characteristics.
the selection of compatible donors and recipients for transfusion or transplantation. See also typing
3. the selection of subjects for clinical trials or other studies so that the different groups being compared are similar in specified characteristics, e.g., age, sex, or race, in order to reduce bias caused by comparison of dissimilar groups. Matching may be on an individual (matched pairs) or a group-wide basis.
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The process of making a study group and a comparison group in an epidemiologic study comparable with respect to extraneous or confounding factors such as age, gender, and weight.
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The grouping of individuals or groups by researchers based on particular variables thought to be important (such as gender or age). In a case-control study, if the controls are chosen because of particular similarities to the people who are in the case group, the cases and controls are said to be “matched”.
The attempt to select adoptive parents similar to the child being adopted, as in appearance, interests, intelligence, personality or other traits, so as to achieve the best outcome for the adoption.
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matching Clinical trials A process by which a study group and comparison group are 'equalized' with respect to factors viewed as extraneous to the study's central questions, that might interfere with interpreting data on study completion. See Case-control study. Cf Match.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The process of making a study group and a comparison group in an epidemiologic study comparable with respect to extraneous or confounding factors such as age, sex, and weight.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Process of making a study group and a comparison group in an epidemiologic study comparable with respect to extraneous or confounding factors.
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Patient discussion about matching
Q. Hi members, after I notice that our symptoms match those of fibromyalgia. Hi members, after I notice that our symptoms match those of fibromyalgia, do we have to live with it and simply manage it for the rest of our life or try some luck with food and meds? Thanks.
A. If you could have given a particular age details then it could have been easy to analyze. This condition is relatively new, yet it's appearing in epidemic numbers. Dr. Whiting (an orthomolecular nutritionist), finds in his work with people suffering with this that they are all very toxic. When their systems have been properly detoxified their symptoms will disappear. His personal feeling is that this is a condition of hyper-toxicity and manifests itself in people who are unable to physically cope with the overload of toxins in their system.More discussions about matching
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