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Letters Breast screening review

New citizens’ juries in breast screening review are biased

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7552
  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester1
  1. 1Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7EA, UK
  1. hazelcagct{at}

It is now acknowledged that women need better information when deciding about breast screening.1 This is not a new recommendation.2

But is a poorly conceived (illegitimate?) citizens’ jury an appropriate method to “consider ways of presenting to eligible women, data on benefits and harms of breast screening arising from the Marmot review”?3

On 11 October 2012, I accepted an …

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