Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Treatment Scores Tutorial 1: Gross Benefit and Net Benefit

When you do your taxes, you figure out your gross income and net income. Before you undergo a medical treatment, you need to figure out the “gross benefit” and the “net benefit” of that treatment.

Why is this such a big deal? It’s a big deal, because the medical system has never provided Treatment Scores before. The Treatment Score = the net benefit of the treatment. Treatment Scores have been a secret, a mystery, unable to be calculated, and almost systematically hidden from you until now.

The Treatment Score represents the “net treatment benefit for the patient,” which is a long phrase so we simply call it the Treatment Score. In reality, the Treatment Score represents the “net absolute treatment benefit for the patient as determined by the patient during shared decision-making with the physician.” You can see why we simply call it the Treatment Score!

When you get sick with a disease, you need to review the medical literature for a list of treatments for that disease. In general, the more treatments that exist for a disease, the less effective the treatments are. For example, there are 130 treatments for insomnia, because most of the treatments for insomnia don’t work very well. There are 57 treatments for an acute migraine headache, because most treatments for an acute migraine headache don’t work very well. There are only a few treatments for stage I testicular cancer, because those treatments DO WORK WELL.

When you get diagnosed with any disease, for each and every treatment for that disease, you need to figure out the “gross treatment benefit” for patients that have been treated in the past. Then, you need to figure out the “net treatment benefit” for those same patients, which is the Treatment Score.

It has always been extremely difficult to produce Treatment Scores. Today, programming makes it possible to create Treatment Scores. Search engine technology makes it possible to find the statistics and database technology makes it possible to organize the statistics. Finally, new statistical methods enable us to calculate Treatment Scores.

What does all this mean for you? It means for the first time in your life you should ask your physician, “What’s the Treatment Score for that?”
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