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Letters Cumberlege review

Cumberlege review: It’s not only drugs and medical devices that can cause harm

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 16 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3593
  1. Caroline Struthers, senior research fellow
  1. University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK
  1. caroline.struthers{at}

The recent Cumberlege report, First Do No Harm,12 does not consider potential harms to patients from behavioural and psychosocial treatments.

Clinical researchers often have vested interests in the success of interventions they are investigating. They may have already convinced themselves and their peers of their merit. They may have also convinced funders, regulators, policy makers, and insurance companies too. One of the most …

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