1-7 Beware of conflicting interests

People with an interest in promoting a treatment (in addition to wanting to help people), such as making money, may promote treatments by exaggerating benefits and ignoring potential harmful effects. Conversely, people may be opposed to a treatment for a range of reasons, such as cultural practices.

Ask if people making claims that a treatment is effective have conflicting interests. If they have conflicting interests, be careful not to be misled by their claims about the effects of treatments.

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