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Interesting lecture on failings of evidence based medicine

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by user9876, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    http://truthman30.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/david-healy-time-to-abandon-evidence-based-medicine/

    I've just listened to this lecture by prof Healy on the failings of evidence based medicine. He makes a lot of interesting points starting with the traditional regulation of trials. But he goes on to cover adverse effects where the adverse effects from a drug overlap with the disease, a brief mention of the issue of scales.

    I liked one comment he made around if you can show a good effect with 10 patients why do you need a bigger trial. He also said there is no point of a rct if you cann't define your patient

    His basic thesis is doctors are ignoring evidence of adverse effects because trials tell them they don't happen. He runs an organisation called risk.org for reporting and sharing adverse drug effects.

    Many of the issues we have with trials are mentioned.
     
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  2. AFCFS

    AFCFS Senior Member

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    Thanks for the post, the link is actually rxisk.org.

    - I hear stuff like this, makes me think opium dens, cheap alcohol and cigarettes were the "good old days" of drugs.
     
  3. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    This used to be accepted as obvious in evidence-based medicine.
     
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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Thanks.
     

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