Response to critiques of deaths after chiropractic

  title={Response to critiques of deaths after chiropractic},
  author={Edzard Ernst},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical Practice},
  • E. Ernst
  • Published 1 January 2011
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Clinical Practice
To the Editor: These interesting comments merit a short response. Wenban and Bennett are correct in stating that RCTs are insufficient tools for studying adverse effects (AEs). The main reason is that, for rare AEs, one requires sample sizes much larger than those of the average RCT. Specifically for manual therapies, it has recently been noted that about half of all published RCTs fail to report AEs completely (1), an overt omission and violation of research ethics that is likely to distort… 
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Deaths after chiropractic: a comment
  • M. Haynes
  • Medicine
    International journal of clinical practice
  • 2011
This article discussed 26 published fatal cases following chiropractic treatment, emphasising vascular accidents from vertebral artery dissection (VAD) after cervical spinal manipulative therapy (cSMT), and Ernst suggested that ‘causality is at least likely in such cases’.
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To the Editor: This response (1) confirms that many chiropractors find it impossible to accept the key messages regarding spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), namely that this therapy lacks a plausible


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