Doc Talk #14 – Evidence based medicine (part 2)

 

 

In our second show on evidence-based medicine we discussed the prevention paradox: this is the idea that although an intervention (such as a medication) may be helpful on a population basis, it may not benefit you at all as an individual (or may even harm you).

Patients (and doctors) often overestimate the benefits of treatment and underestimate the harms. Rather than reaching for the cholesterol pills, you might be better to focus on lifestyle – a healthy diet, not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol and physical activity have few or no harms and much better numbers needed to treat than medication!

If you missed the first part of this show, you can find it here