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Learn about risk reduction in treatments. Advertising is a bitch

Learn about the risk reduction that has to be taken into account. Healthcare Triage presents the difference between relative risk reduction, the thing that is often advertised, and the absolute risk reduction, the one that truly matters. When a new treatment comes out or when a study is done you will often hear that it reduced cancer risk by 25% or it reduces cardiovascular risk by 60%. But that is the relative risk reduction.

The devil is in the details.

Treatments are not like black and white areas. The same treatment might not work for you, but it may work for someone else. Given the fact that people have some chance of developing a disease during this year, should we take drugs that tells us that it will reduce the risk of, let’s say, cancer by 0.5%? Is it worth it?

Most of the treatments that have big risk reduction have, in fact, very low absolute risk reductions. Aspirin is told to be really good in reducing heart attacks, but the absolute risk reduction of aspirin is only 0.6%. Useless.

Remember: check for absolute risk reduction. Watch the video from above to learn more.

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