Letters Why we can’t trust clinical guidelines

Author’s reply to Messé and colleagues

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5322 (Published 04 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5322
  1. Jeanne Lenzer, medical investigative journalist1
  1. 1New York, USA
  1. jeanne.lenzer{at}gmail.com

Messé, his co-authors, and I agree on one thing: opinion is not science.1 2 However, Messé and colleagues misled BMJ readers by suggesting that I used polls to prove whether a treatment is good or not. On the contrary, I cited the polls because the guideline sponsors need to explain why they failed to include even one sceptic on the guideline writing panel when it seems that most emergency doctors, including prominent and respected experts, do not believe the science supports …

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