Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, PhD; Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH; Iztok Hozo, PhD
The Editors welcome submissions for possible publication in the Letters section. Authors of letters should:
•Include no more than 300 words of text, three authors, and five references
•Type with double-spacing
•Send three copies of the letter, an authors' form signed by all authors, and a cover letter describing any conflicts of interest related to the contents of the letter.
Letters commenting on an Annals article will be considered if they are received within 6 weeks of the time the article was published. Only some of the letters received can be published. Published letters are edited and may be shortened; tables and figures are included only selectively. Authors will be notified that the letter has been received. If the letter is selected for publication, the author will be notified about 3 weeks before the publication date. Unpublished letters cannot be returned.
Annals welcomes electronically submitted letters.
Djulbegovic B., Lyman G., Hozo I.; Talking about Treatment. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:94. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-1-200001040-00021
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(1):94.
TO THE EDITOR:
In his article about the application of population-based therapeutic measures in the care of individual patients, Steiner (1) concluded that because we cannot be sure who will benefit from treatment for any NNT (number of patients needed to be treated to prevent one bad outcome) that is greater than 1, “all you can say is that on the basis of best available evidence, everything possible is being done to prevent an adverse effect.” In fact, the question Steiner asks for NNT greater than 1 is, What is the minimal therapeutic benefit at which treatment is worth administering?
to gain full access to the content and tools.
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Copyright © 2016 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only