Limitations of current clinical practice
Discussion of the need to recognise the limitations of current clinical practice in Michigan State Univ’s Evidence-Based Medicine Course.Key Concepts addressed:
- 1-4 Common practice is not always evidence-based
- 1-1 Treatments can harm
- 3-1 Do the outcomes measured matter to you?
So why should we change our current practices? Our patients like us; our outcomes are generally good; we keep passing our board exams; and they keep telling us we have the best health care system in the world. Besides, change is hard work. Aren’t we busy enough learning about how to survive in a managed care environment?
Unfortunately, there is good evidence that the quality of care we give our patients could be better.