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Bandolier 36 Index [Feb 1997]


Getting NNTs

Calculating NNTs

Using NNTs

L'Abbé plots

Reflux oesophagitis

This month we have just two main stories. We revisit some methodological issues not out of an arcane Reithian motive but because many readers have asked for a summary of the approach we use. So Bandolier examines L'Abbé plots and numbers-needed-to-treat or to harm which we find so useful as indicators of clinical utility. A Bandolier review of proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is used as an example of ways to calculate NNTs. The review is published in full on Bandolier's Internet pages, and we would welcome comments.

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