Is a simple “Thank you” too much to ask?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3683
  1. Oliver Rivero-Arias, research officer, Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford
  1. oliver.rivero{at}

    It is courteous and respectful to extend thanks to the people without whom the final research findings of our studies could not have been generated—that is, the patients.

    I recently conducted a review of multinational randomised clinical trials and economic evaluations published over the past decade and explored the acknowledgments section of …

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