WHAT IS THE “NUMBER NEEDED TO HARM”?

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Courtesy: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

We’ve talked about the “Number Needed to Treat”, before.

NNT: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2010/10/29/about-the-number-needed-to-treat-nnt-calculation-and-medical-outcomes-website/

QUERY: But, what is the “Number Needed to Harm”?

ANSWER: The number needed to harm (NNH) is an epidemiological measure that indicates how many persons on average need to be exposed to a risk factor over a specific period to cause harm in an average of one person who would not otherwise have been harmed.

Colleague Aaron Carroll MD explains even more.

PODCAST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ytF2-4NkI

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