Misinformation about common cold treatments: [eLetter]

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Abstract

In the old days, physicians were patriarchal and made decisions for their patients. That was before the EBM movement. One important part of EBM is to discuss the sizes of the treatment effects. Thereby the patients can themselves consider whether a treatment makes sense or not. Margaret McCartney wrote that common cold treatments "only slightly reduced duration" of colds. However, "slightly" is a subjective word and it would be much more informative to readers to describe what the actual estimates of effect are.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ : British Medical Journal
ISSN0959-535X
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2017
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

Fields of Science

  • 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

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Misinformation about common cold treatments : [eLetter]. / Hemilä, Harri Olavi.

In: BMJ : British Medical Journal, 12.02.2017.

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