Evidence to be given to the public must be presented accurately and fairly

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.831a (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:831
  1. Henry C Irving, President, British Medical Ultrasound Societya
  1. a St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    Editor-Promoting informed choice is commendable provided the evidence is presented accurately and fairly. The case study by S Oliver and colleagues exemplifies how evidence may be biased.1 The authors studied reactions to leaflets prepared by the Midwives' Information and Resource Centre and the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, organisations of which four of the authors are employees. We are not told whether these same four investigators were also authors of the leaflets, but the question of conflict of interest must arise.

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