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Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of compression bandages should be shown

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:860
  1. Peter J Franks, Codirector,
  2. Christine J Moffatt, Codirector
  1. Centre for Research and Implementation of Clinical Practice at Thames Valley University, Wolfson Institute of Health Sciences, London W5 2BS

    EDITOR—Fletcher et al report their systematic review of compression treatment for venous leg ulcers.1 As researchers who perform randomised trials of compression bandages, we echo their concern that the quality of research is poor in this area.

    A particular concern of ours is that, unlike pharmaceuticals, bandages (which are classified as medical devices), do not need to undergo rigorous clinical testing to establish effectiveness before being released on to the market. Moreover, provided …

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