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Learning from failure

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 13 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3884
  1. Elizabeth Loder, head of research
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This week The BMJ is filled with tales of failure, but many would say this is something to celebrate. Failure, and figuring out how to learn from it, is an important part of success, or so the thinking goes. What can be learnt from the failure of high dose folic acid to prevent pre-eclampsia in women at high risk? Results of the FACT trial (doi:10.1136/bmj.k3478) showed no difference in the risk of pre-eclampsia between women who received daily supplements of 4 mg of folic acid and those who …

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