Should we use large scale healthcare interventions without clear evidence that benefits outweigh costs and harms?

Crump, Bernard
June 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/7/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7656, p1276
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the question of whether physicians should use large health care interventions without evidence that the benefits associated with them outweigh the costs and harm. He suggests that they should and that it does no service to the public to apply yardsticks which were developed for narrower biomedical interventions. He argues that physicians should be rigorous in their evaluation of interventions and also learn from other sectors to broaden their understanding of evidence.


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