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    the meaning of "likely effects"

    Dear all,

    This sentence is from a passage that suggests human touch is very important in medicine.

    "Even such an elementary form of consideration for the patient as explaining the likely effect of a treatment can have an impact on the outcome."

    I'd like to ask about "the likely effect of a treatment".

    Does this imply only positive effects, or both positive and negative effects such as side effects?

    Thank you!

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    Re: the meaning of "likely effects"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    This sentence is from a passage that suggests human touch is very important in medicine.

    "Even such an elementary form of consideration for the patient as explaining the likely effect of a treatment can have an impact on the outcome."

    I'd like to ask about "the likely effect of a treatment".

    Does this imply only positive effects, or both positive and negative effects such as side effects?

    Thank you!

    OP
    'Likely' means 'probable'. The probable effects of a treatment are those effects which are likely to occur. Yes, that includes all probable/likely effects.
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Sep-2011 at 08:17.

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