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Three week versus six week immobilisation for stable Weber B type ankle fractures: randomised, multicentre, non-inferiority clinical trial

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5432 (Published 23 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5432

Re: Three week versus six week immobilisation for stable Weber B type ankle fractures: randomised, multicentre, non-inferiority clinical trial

Not my area of expertise but, as I am moving into an age group where fractures are more likely, I read it with interest. I was, however, struck by the double negative used in the conclusion - "X .... was non-inferior to ...Y". This is really not clear English and not easy to read quickly. What is wrong with "X was ...... just as good as ....Y"? I don't blame the authors - their English is clearly superior to my Finnish, but I would expect the BMJ editors to pick up on this sort of thing.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 January 2019
Philip W Timms
Psychiatrist
South London & Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust
Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ