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Letters Numbers needed to treat for statins

NICE should publish numbers needed to treat and harm for statins

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3458
  1. Andrew Tresidder, general practitioner patient safety lead and appraiser1
  1. 1Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Yeovil BA22 8HR, UK
  1. andrew.tresidder{at}

When framed as numbers needed to treat (NNT), rather than “36% risk reduction,”1 the benefits of statins are not nearly so impressive to the patient. The BMJ is right to raise …

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