Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why We Need Treatment Scores

"Rather than reporting isolated P values, articles should include effect sizes...." This quote is from an interesting medical paper published in 2016 entitled: Evolution of Reporting P Values in the Biomedical Literature, 1990-2015. (The full text is available.)

Once again, a study has driven home the fact that what everyone really needs to know, the treatment effects of treatments, is often ignored.

This is why we invented Treatment Scores. Treatment Score represents the net treatment benefit for the patient. Treatment Scores are the numbers you have always needed to know.

You get diagnosed with an illness. You need to see a list of treatment options. You need to see the Treatment Score for each treatment. Then, you can have shared decision-making with your physician with true treatment transparency being present.


Source:
David Chavalarias, PhD; Joshua David Wallach, BA; Alvin Ho Ting Li, BHSc; John P. A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc.  Evolution of Reporting P Values in the Biomedical Literature, 1990-2015. JAMA. 2016;315(11):1141-1148. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1952.
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2503172

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