Monday, April 18, 2011

Must read article on evidence based medicine

This is worst Photoshopped pill bottle I have ever seen.
You don't see evidence based medicine called out by name often in the lay-press, but Sunday's Boston Globe dove into the problems with guidelines and quality of evidence in an in-depth analysis. This is a must read.
But evidence-based medicine is only as strong as the evidence used to support it. The stark reality is that evidence can be weak, biased, or even fraudulent. More guidelines stem from expert opinion than from solid clinical trial evidence. And many physicians who write these recommendations have financial ties to drug companies — with no widely accepted policy to correct for conflicts of interest.
More coverage at Cardiobrief.
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