The six most dangerous words in evidence-based medicine (EBM) do not directly cause deaths or adverse events. They do not directly cause medical errors or diminutions in quality of care. However, they may indirectly cause these adverse consequences by leading to false inferences for decision making. Consider the following statements, each of which includes the six most dangerous words:
• There is no evidence to suggest that hospitalizing compared with not hospitalizing patients with acute shortness of breath reduces mortality.
Braithwaite RS. EBM’s Six Dangerous Words. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2149–2150. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281996
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.