Letters Price of wishful thinking

Royal College of Physician’s wishful lead in stroke

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5994 (Published 26 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5994
  1. Nigel Dudley, consultant in elderly medicine1
  1. 1St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
  1. nigel.dudley{at}leedsth.nhs.uk

Many of Heath’s comments ring true for stroke, in which the benefits of treatment are exaggerated and wishful thinking often trumps the published evidence.1 A good example is the Royal College of Physicians’ press release that accompanied its 2010 stroke audit report.2

The statement, “There has also been a five-fold improvement in the number of stroke patients receiving thrombolysis over last year’s figures”2 is clearly wrong. …

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