StATS: Ambiguous nature of the word "risk" (created 2006-09-13).
A recent discussion on the Evidence-Based Health email discussion group focused on the word "risk". It means harmful event (risks versus benefits) as well as a probability (risk of heart attack). So when you are defining evidence based medicine, it worthwhile to describe how it allows you to assess the benefits and harms of a new therapy and the probability of those benefits and harms. That avoids some confusion over the interpretation of the word "risk".
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