Letters Relative risks and the polypill

Might BMJ lead crusade against reporting only relative risks?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5210 (Published 16 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5210
  1. James Penston, consultant physician/gastroenterologist1
  1. 1Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15 7BH, UK
  1. james.penston{at}nhs.net

Surely enough has been written over the past 20 years to show that the use of relative risk reductions in research publications is nothing but a deception? Yet this misleading measure of efficacy continues to sully the pages of medical journals: McCartney’s article on the polypill draws attention to the …

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