There are side effects, and there are real side effects

Lo and behold, a fascinating article in the New England Journal of Medicine which discovers that clinicians are not reporting side-effects at anywhere near the frequency and intensity that patients report them.  I have added the bolding in this excerpt.

Quote:  “….The current drug-labeling practice for adverse events is based on the implicit assumption that an accurate portrait of patients’ subjective experiences can be provided by clinicians’ documentation alone. Yet a substantial body of evidence contradicts this assumption, showing that clinicians systematically downgrade the severity of patients’ symptoms, that patients’ self-reports frequently capture side effects that clinicians miss, and that clinicians’ failure to note these symptoms results in the occurrence of preventable adverse events…”

For full article, see NEJM, 362,10 865 – 869

via There are side effects, and there are real side effects.

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