1-11 Explanations about how treatments work can be wrong

Treatments that should work in theory often do not work in practice, or may turn out to be harmful. An explanation of how or why a treatment might work does not prove that it works or that it is safe.

Do not assume that claims about the effects of treatments based on an explanation of how they might work are correct if the treatments have not been assessed in systematic reviews of fair comparisons of treatments.

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