Urology treatment studies often minimize harms. So do news stories!

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Reuters Health reports on a study in the Journal of Urology that concludes that studies “of new urological treatments frequently don’t include full information on their potential harms.” Excerpt:

“We found considerable deficiencies in harm reporting that do not seem to be improving with time,” Dr. Rodney H. Breau of Ottawa University Hospital in Canada, and his colleagues say. Without this information, they add, “it is impossible to make strong recommendations for or against a treatment.”

“These findings, the researchers conclude, “suggest the need for reporting standards for harm in urological journals. Improvements in adverse event reporting would permit a more balanced assessment of interventions and would enhance evidence-based urological practice.”

So studies minimize harms. And our work has shown that news stories about studies further minimize harms.

Sing along with me: “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!”

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April 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I see PSA’s risin’, I watch prostates grow
I see my business bloom for me and you
I love prostatectomy, I love biopsies yo’
There is pretty penny in surgery, don’t let the de Vinci go
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world!