A University of Massachusetts Medical School text on adverse effects of treatments.Key Concepts addressed:
Understanding outcomes and the potential benefits of a therapy you are considering for your patient is an important component of Evidence-Based Medicine. The flip side of the coin, however, is equally important. Will the therapy harm my patient? Often, the Evidence-Based literature you find will discuss both and you will need to discuss with your patient the benefits of the therapy weighed against the risk of adverse effects. At other times, the information on harm is not that clear and the risk of a therapeutic intervention will not appear until the therapy is underway.