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Experimental attrition refers to experimental subjects leaving an experiment or other study for either practical reasons, etc. In clinical trials participants may withdraw from the study, for example, due to adverse effects.

Preventing experimental attritionEdit

Statistical treatment of dropoutsEdit

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