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Undermining some beliefs, confirming others

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

Many weeks we publish systematic reviews that show that the evidence for the effectiveness of one treatment or another just doesn't exist. Indeed, we have one this week: on p 354 Sally Green and colleagues show little evidence to support or refute the efficacy of common interventions for shoulder pain.

However, we publish another systematic review that not only has a positive finding but also undermines the common belief that topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have little effect in relieving pain in either strains and sprains …

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