Misinformation about common cold treatments : [eLetter]

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Hemilä , H O 2017 , ' Misinformation about common cold treatments : [eLetter] ' , BMJ : British Medical Journal . < http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6760/rr-2 >

Title: Misinformation about common cold treatments : [eLetter]
Author: Hemilä, Harri Olavi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Harri Hemilä / Principal Investigator
Date: 2017-02-12
Language: eng
Belongs to series: BMJ : British Medical Journal
ISSN: 0959-535X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/231784
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.
Subject: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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