WHI Study errors lead to unnecessary suffering

A new paper from Professor Robert D Langer demonstrates that WHI Study errors led to 15 years of unnecessary suffering for women.

Publication of results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study in 2002, with emphasis on risks of hormone replacement therapy, led to worldwide concern about the use of HRT and resulted in a subsequent massive drop in HRT prescribing.

Professor Robert D Langer describes the process which led to the WHI publication in JAMA in July 2002, and explains the true findings of WHI. He reveals that the study did not show any statistically significant increased risk of breast cancer or heart disease in women using HRT, yet the highly publicised conclusions emphasised these risks. Furthermore, the study was designed to test the effects of HRT in older women only, yet the conclusions applied the exaggerated risks to all women.



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