Letters Metal-on-metal hip implants

Patients need to be informed about the evidence

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2129 (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2129
  1. Karla Douw, Health Technology Assessment researcher
  1. 1University, Hjallesevej 169, Odense, Denmark
  1. karladouw{at}gmail.com

I agree that regulators and industry have to improve the regulation of medical devices, but Godlee implies that this will increase the evidence on effectiveness and safety and will lead to improved safety for patients.1

Even if evidence on safety were available, there is a gap between knowing and informing or doing. Patients would still need to …

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