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Letters Decision aids and screening

Information v promotion

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6650
  1. Ben Hudson, senior lecturer1
  1. 1Department of Public Health and General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
  1. ben.hudson{at}

Bekker expresses concern that “uncritical acceptance of informed choice initiatives may cause more harm than good.”1 She notes that in a study of decision aids for bowel cancer screening a smaller proportion of patients given a decision aid accepted screening than did …

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