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Towards evidence-based medicine for paediatricians
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York Alcuin College, York YO10 5DD, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York Alcuin College, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}doctors.org.uk

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What you see is not what you get

In some chronic or variable conditions, a child can seem to respond to a medicine which, in trial conditions, makes no meaningful improvement. These ‘responders’ are continued on the therapy as ‘it works for them’. There is a concrete reality which crashes against the ‘evidence’ and our eyes link to our hearts more strongly than a serpiginously written paper does. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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