Title

Great expectations: our naïve optimism about medical care

Date of this Version

12-23-2014

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Details

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Hoffman, T., & Del Mar, C. (2014). Great expectations: our naïve optimism about medical care. The Conversation.

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Abstract

“It might do me some good and it won’t hurt to give it a go.”

How often have you heard a phrase like this?

Most people have naïve optimism about medical care. That’s the finding of a systematic review of all available research on common medical treatments we published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.