n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Thinking about the balance between risk and benefit when prescribing : more about... pharmacology

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



When writing a prescription, we are taught to balance the risks and benefits of each drug prescribed. We think about the risk benefit ratio as if benefits are secured and risks are a shadowy but unlikely eventuality. In fact, benefit is also best thought of as a probability.

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