Letters Relative risks and the polypill

More numbers needed for full reporting

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5211 (Published 16 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5211
  1. Richard Smith, director, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative1
  1. 1London SW4 0LD, UK
  1. richardswsmith{at}yahoo.co.uk

McCartney is right to call for absolute risks as well as relative risks to be reported in media reports, but ironically she omits an important piece of information from her article.1

She writes: “The number needed to treat, which they do give in the discussion section, …

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