Listen to the Patient!

What is the "Net Treatment Benefit for the Patient?" Remember, the first rule of medical ethics, FIRST DO NO HARM! Figure out the "Net Treatment Benefit" for the patient before and after treatment.

Here is a Treatment Score Calculator™ for patients, doctors, nurses, and everyone else, that you can print or download. It is a simple, easy way to understand the concept of the "Net Treatment Benefit for the Patient" using chronic pain as an example.

The patient who takes Tylenol®, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, or hydrocodone will almost never receive the same "Net Treatment Benefit" from these medicationss. The treatment effects are different and side effects are different. In addition, every patient reacts differently to medications!

The Universal Treatment Score Calculator™ at the end of the document can be used to educate yourself about any treatment for any disease:

Let's institute these medical principles:
  • Patient empowerment 
  • Transparency 
  • Informed consent 
  • Patient autonomy 
  • Shared decision-making 
  • Evidence-based medicine

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