Healthcare's Question of the Decade
That's basically the question that H. Gilbert Welch, Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, asks at the end of his New York Times piece: Testing What We Think We Know .
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#1 Aug 20, 2012
There are too many variables to make these tests and procedures to prevent them from becoming as cookie cutter or cut and dry as the medical care industry wants you to believe.
First the data is from patients in the system or bothered to go in for their symptoms. What about all the other people out there not using or out of the system of collected data.
Second people are different. If people are of different color, race, hieght, weight etc how can their 'numbers' be the same? Or react the same to similar treatments? Maybe somebody has a body temp of 98.7, or naturally elevated psa or bp. I've know too many case where people have been told the sky is falling you must get treatment DECADES ago and yet they going through life as normally as a hypocondriac getting every twitch or sneeze doctored.
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