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Use of scientific evidence in weighing benefits and harms of medicines

 

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Use of scientific evidence in weighing benefits and harms of medicines

A report from the Academy of Medical Sciences highlights the significant difficulties patients and some healthcare professionals face in using evidence from research to judge the benefits and harms of medicines, and calls for concerted action to improve the information patients receive.

It calls for a range of actions including significant improvements to patient information leaflets, better use of medical appointments, and a bigger role for NHS Choices as an information provider. More....