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Clinical Review

Is evidence based patient choice feasible?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:39
  1. Peter Cantillon, senior lecturer1 (
  1. 1 Department of General Practice, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

    What could be more ordinary and humdrum (for a clinician) than a case of a woman with osteoarthritis of the knee? Yet a doctor's potential responses to her uncertainty about whether to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or paracetomol has stimulated an interesting debate. Tugwell and colleagues have used this case to demonstrate the use of a decision aid as a tool in helping a patient to make an informed choice. The decision aid is clearly very patient centred. It asks the patient …

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