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Lancet. 2000 Nov 18;356(9243):1757-9.

Implications of trial results: the potentially misleading notions of number needed to treat and average duration of life gained.

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SOCAR Research SA, Nyon, Switzerland. D.E.Grobbee@jc.azu.nl

Abstract

Consider a physician advising a patient to start antihypertensive treatment. He has the unenviable task of presenting often conflicting trial data in a comprehensible manner. He must justly represent the known risks and benefits such that his patient can make a reasonably Informed choice. Should the physician cite the number needed to treat or the average duration of life gained to clarify his explanations?

PMID:
11095272
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(00)03215-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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