A University of Massachusetts Medical School text discussing the strengths and limitations of different measures of the effects of treatmentKey Concepts addressed:
In the past, “conventional wisdom” had dictated that if a child had an ear infection, a physician would prescribe a course of antibiotics. Sounds logical, but did antibiotics really help? When the evidence was examined, it became clear that antibiotics were NOT necessarily the first line of treatment in otitis media. How many other treatments occur because “it seems like the best way to do it” or, probably more commonly, “that’s always the way it has always been done”?