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Balancing benefits and harms in health care: Information about benefits and harms should be accessible to patients

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:457
  1. Joanne M Shaw, director, Medicines Partnership Task Force (
  1. Medicines Partnership, London SE1 7JN

    EDITOR—I agree with Cuervo and Aronson's key point that better information is needed about all the effects of healthcare interventions, both beneficial and harmful.1 However, the article implies that such information, suitably reported, analysed and integrated, should …

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