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Well informed uncertainties about the effects of treatment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7446.1018-a (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1018

Paradox exists in dealing with uncertainty

  1. Benjamin Djulbegovic, professor of oncology and medicine (djulbebm@moffitt.usf.edu)
  1. H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

    EDITOR—As inevitable and unpleasant as many uncertainties are, one can argue that patients (and their doctors) should not even strive to completely eliminate uncertainties. Although the role of scientific method is to reduce uncertainties, a total elimination of uncertainty would be undesirable, since, it has …

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