Facing the evidence

An episode of the Health Report on Radio National asked whether our doctors really know what treatment works best for their patients?

Does the current system, which essentially teaches doctors just enough science that they can go into an apprentice programme for their final professional training, absorb and react quickly enough to evidence regarding whether their treatments are actually effective or not?

Dr Alex Barratt provides data which shows that most doctors engage in treatments based on biological modelling without proper double blind testing, instead of insisting on treatments that are tested according to rigorously evaluated protocols. This means that many useless surgeries which cost wasted taxpayer dollars are routinely taking place.

This week’s episode shows just how extensive the problem is. Next week’s episode will concentrate on patient activism: what we can do to insist on properly evaluated evidence-based treatment. Transcripts and podcasts available at your ABC.

Categories: health

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