Ideology needs to be separated from data

Speaking ahead of a forum on conflict of interest in development of clinical guidelines, Professor Paul Komesaroff, director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society at Monash University, said continuing fallout from the controversy over HRT underlined the need for a strategy to encourage prescribers to be guided by evidence.

The HRT debate in recent years showed how difficult it was to change prescribers’ minds, he said.

“If people are entrenched in