Compelling or irrelevant? Using number needed to treat can help decide.

@article{Citrome2008CompellingOI,
  title={Compelling or irrelevant? Using number needed to treat can help decide.},
  author={Leslie Citrome},
  journal={Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica},
  year={2008},
  volume={117 6},
  pages={
          412-9
        }
}
OBJECTIVE The metric of number needed to treat (NNT), defined as the number of patients who need to be treated to achieve one additional favorable outcome, can help clinicians appraise claims that one intervention is meaningfully superior to the other. METHOD A review of the use of NNT to evaluate the differences between interventions in the treatment of depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Instead of using disparate measures such as point change on a rating scale, kilograms gained… CONTINUE READING
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