Robert A. Alter, MD
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Alter RA. Analyzing the Results of the Treating to New Targets Study. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:321. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-148-4-200802190-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;148(4):321.
TO THE EDITOR:
The title of the article by Wenger and colleagues (1) is misleading. The design of the TNT (Treating to New Targets) study notes a maximum age of 75 years. Therefore, a more accurate title would replace “in patients 65 years of age or older” with “in patients 65 to 75 years of age.” All of the figures and tables should include similar language. Articles, textbooks, and advertisements often include such figures and tables without a description of the study population. When the study population age is clearly defined, authors should avoid imprecise terms that inappropriately generalize the results.
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