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A 64 year old woman with knee pain: case outcome

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:38
  1. Peter Tugwell (, professor of medicine,
  2. Annette M O'Connor, senior scientist, clinical epidemiology,
  3. Nancy A Santesso, knowledge translation specialist
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, 202-1 Stewart Street, Ottawa, Canada K1N 6N5
  2. Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa Hospital, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Canada, K1Y 4E9, 3 Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group, University of Ottawa
  1. Correspondence to:

    Four weeks ago (5 June, p 1362) we presented the case of Mrs Patell, who visited her doctor after reading a newspaper article about the risks of chronic use of paracetamol with alcohol intake. Although she needed the pain relief, she was reluctant to give up alcohol. Her general practitioner discussed the benefits and harms of paracetamol versus non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and gave her a decision aid to help her clarify her decision (12 June, p 1425).

    After discussing her completed …

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