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Screening without evidence of efficacy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:521

Screening uncertainties concern evidence, efficacy, decisions

  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow (
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester “Saionara,” Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7EA

    EDITOR—Law argues that encouraging people to decide for themselves whether to attend for screening is ducking the issue.1 This is true only if a well founded public health programme for a specific disease has not been set up. Then, setting up a programme, as Law advocates, should be based on evidence, through rigorous scientific evaluation of efficacy through systematic review of …

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