Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Researching Evidence Based Medicine

As a practicing physician, I like to keep current on my medical knowledge, not only for my specialty, but for diseases and conditions that relate to my specialty. In order to do this, I keep current on journal articles that are mailed to me through my association.  I also try to do some research on my own, especially when an interesting patient comes through my doors.

Researching on the internet is extremely difficult and cumbersome to sift through the endless amounts of information.  How does one determine which websites are accurate and which patient reports are real or worthy of looking in to?  Even in reading current journal articles, it is difficult to determine how good or bad the treatment being discussed is.

Treatmentscores.com is a new website designed to organize the net treatment benefit of a variety of diseases and their different treatments.  It aims to quantify the evidence based medicine that already exists and to compare the multitude of studies which are available, and give each treatment a letter score (A-F).  This will provide both physicians and patients, alike, a means of understanding the mass amounts of information that has already been studied.

Below is an example of how some of this information is quantified:


The above diagram represents only one study on depression and minimal hepatic encephalopathy.  Once that entire study has been entered into treatment scores, it will be rated.  As more and more studies are entered with different treatments for depression, with or without hepatic encephalopathy, we will be able to compare the net benefit effects of a variety of treatments for depression. You would then be able to discuss these options with your physician. See the disclaimers below. We are providing education about what happened in the past, not making any recommendations for future patients.





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