Summary boxes in papers must be accurate

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.744a (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:744
  1. D P B Miles
  1. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly District and Family Health Services Authorities, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 4NQ.

    EDITOR, — It was disappointing that the summary box in Robin S Howard's article on recent advances in neurology did not reflect accurately the text of the article.1 I refer to the use of the drug interferon beta: the article makes clear that there is doubt about the design of the study testing the efficacy of the drug in multiple sclerosis, whereas the summary box makes a categorical statement of the drug's efficacy.

    On the assumption that the summary box is intended to provide information for rapid readers it seems essential that this should be accurate, particularly when new or expensive treatments are proposed.


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