Letters Caring with evidence based medicine

Evidence based medicine and bronchiolitis: don’t ignore uncertainties

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3938 (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3938
  1. Caroline Mawer, general practitioner
  1. London, UK
  1. caroline.mawer{at}gmail.com

Isn’t the practice update on bronchiolitis in The BMJ on 2 July (p 29) an example of evidence based medicine that injects certainty, rather than doing justice to all of the uncertainties that exist for clinicians and parents?1 I agree strongly that children with viral infections don’t benefit from, and may even be harmed by, antibiotics—and that very …

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