Clinical risk factors alone are insufficient in decision making

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1225a (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1225
  1. Peter Selby,
  2. Michael Davies
  1. Lecturer in medicine Senior lecturer in medicine University of Manchester Bone Disease Research Centre, Manchester Bone Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

    EDITOR,—In so fervently decrying the evil they perceive in widespread screening of bone mineral density Trevor A Sheldon and colleagues do a disservice to people with osteoporosis.1 However much they protest to the contrary, their utterances are widely interpreted by both clinicians and public health physicians as indicating that no benefit will be derived from measurements of bone mass under any circumstances. Such an extreme view is not justified in the light …

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