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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.
matchingClinical 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.
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.