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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.0 (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:0

“Miraculous” developments from health services research

Imagine that we were publishing today a paper that described a drug or operation that caused a 16% reduction in the risk of dying in women with breast cancer. There would be worldwide interest. If it was a drug that caused the improvement then the manufacturer's share price would rise; if it was an operation then the surgeon who developed it would become a …

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