Treatment Scores: Social Media Update: Lies Damn Lies and Medical Statistics

Our common enemy is disease. Yet, there are three kinds of lies in healthcare: lies, damn lies, and medical statistics.* Partly because of this, and partly because of the difficult mathematics, there is an 88% health illiteracy rate ( among patients.

Just as bad, 60 – 80% of physicians don’t understand evidence-based medicine depending upon which outcome measure you use. (“Do clinicians understand the size of treatment effects? A randomized survey across eight countries,” by Bradley C. Johnston, PhD, et al.)

You should follow Treatment Scores on social media. The following trendy buzzwords can actually come true using Treatment Scores:

  1. Patient-centered care
  2. Patient engagement
  3. Patient empowerment
  4. Shared decision-making
  5. Evidence-based medicine
  6. Treatment transparency
  7. Personalized medicine
  8. Patient safety
  9. Value-based care determined by patients, doctors, and nurses
  10. Quality-based care determined by patients, doctors, and nurses
  11. Precision medicine
  12. Informed consent

We can also solve health illiteracy with Treatment Scores.



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*There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. - is sometimes credited to Benjamin Disraeli or Mark Twain. We put a slant on the sentence by using medical statistics instead of statistics.

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