Tanner Caverly and colleagues performed a systematic review to determine how U.S. cancer prevention and screening recommendations present the potential benefits and harms associated with the procedures. They found that 69% of recommendation statements either did not quantify benefits and harms or presented them in an asymmetric manner. They conclude that improved presentation of benefits and harms in guidelines would better ensure that clinicians and patients have access to the information required for making informed decisions.
Andrew Shuman and Christian Vercler are both contributors to the January issue of the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics. Drs. Shuman and Vercler both provide commentaries related to challenging ethical cases.