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Doctors talk about guesswork in prescribing< Back to search results
- Format Texts
- Target Audience Self-directed learning
- EBM Stage 0 - Why EBM?
- Duration <5 mins
- Difficulty Introductory
Key Concepts addressed
- 1-3c Expert opinion is not always right
- 1-2e Comparisons are needed to identify treatment effects
- 1-2g Common practice is not always evidence-based
In a fictional conversation between two doctors, a general practitioner makes the following point: ‘Tons of what we do is guesswork and I don’t think that you or I feel too comfortable with that. The only way to find out if something works is a proper trial, but the hoops are huge. So what do we do? We do what we fancy. And I’m sure some of the time it’s fine – clinical experience and all that. Maybe the rest of the time we’re just as likely to be getting it wrong as right, but because whatever we’re doing isn’t called a trial, no one regulates it and none of us learn from it’.
Adapted from Petit-Zeman S. Doctor, what’s wrong? Making the NHS human again. London: Routledge, 2005, pp79-80.
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