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How new fact boxes are explaining medical risk to millions

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2460 (Published 24 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2460

New fact boxes explaining medical risk - need of the hour

We think that such new fact boxes resulting from well organized systematic reviews need to be constructed for the ease of both busy physicians and patients. This is a handy box with pictorial representation which can be used for patient education and convincing them about the unnecessary tests which give false positive results and also result in side effects. Once people are convinced, litigation against physicians will reduce and physicians on the other hand have an evidence based handy ready reckoner that is reliable. However, a word of caution: such fact boxes should be properly made based on scientific evidence or else controversial boxes may end up increasing litigation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 July 2017
Mongjam Meghachandra Singh
Director-Professor
Reeta Devi
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (India)
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi (India)
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