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Old 04-02-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data. We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine organised and participated in a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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Good article, but misleading title
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No, this argument is completely wrong. Clever re-definitions aside, the reasons why evidence-based double-blind tests are important for medicines don't apply to machines like parachutes. It's not the same kind of thing at all.
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To me, it makes another point: does a person who is dying of an incurable disease really need a well-tested ready for FDA approval parachute? Or does she need a reasonably-well-tested parachute (drug) handed to her as she drops through the air towards her rendezvous with Death?
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