Parachute approach to evidence based medicine: Summary of other responsesBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.807-b (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:807
- Birte Twisselmann, assistant editor (web)
The article by Potts et al sparked heated international debate.1 Many took issue with the parachute analogy, which they perceived as flawed, inappropriate, superficial, outdated, or mere sophistry—although only a few correspondents mentioned that it had been taken from a spoof article.
The ethical aspect of randomised controlled trials was mentioned as important for patient safety. Many understandably criticised the fact that the authors had chosen resource poor settings to illustrate their point, and not only because this implies discrimination or double standards. To cite Lelia Duley, professor of obstetric …