Where’s the evidence?

Once again, serious questions are being raised about the evidence behind many common medical procedures. Here is a quote and graphic from the first of a series on evidence in medicine from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“For a physician, the first question is what works,” said Maureen Smith, a physician and professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

The evidence needed to answer that question for specific patients often doesn’t exist. As a result, many of the treatment options that confront doctors and patients every day – from which drug to prescribe to complex regimens for chemotherapy – are not based on solid evidence.

Doctors instead must rely on weak or limited studies, expert opinion, anecdotal evidence, their own experience and judgment – and, to some degree, marketing by pharmaceutical and medical device companies….


much more at Journal-Sentinel


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