Ethics Based Medicine: Guidelines to Insure that Evidence can be used to make Ethically informed decisions

11-17-2023 17:07

Clinicians need to know two things in order to make ethical decisions:

1) how likely is it that my patient will benefit or be harmed?

2) how big is the benefit or harm?

I analyze published data regarding the 3 kinds of treatments (preventive, curative and palliative) and 2 kinds of tests (screening and diagnostic) to illustrate that they rarely provide us with these two simple but vital pieces of information. I explain how researchers need to answer different questions than clinicians do and propose guidelines for the statistics that should be included in any publication of evidence intended for clinical use. 

Author(s):Hugh Blumenfeld MD PhD
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