How should a doctor treat when evidence is uncertain?

Medicine is not always straight forward.

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Treatment of patients is often guided by evidence. Lot of medical treatments are logical and evidence for effectiveness is straightforward .

But sometimes evidence is patchy and uncertain. Sometimes doctors rely on experience and intuition.

From an ethical point, it might be helpful for doctors to think what would they do when they or their family are in the situation of their patient. Putting oneself in the shoes of the patient can sometimes help to deal with ethical dilemmas.

But some argue that doctors putting themselves in the shoes of patients is not ideal as emotions can cloud judgement.

What do you think?

Please read the BMJ article and my response.

On emotions and clinical judgment” has now been published online by BMJ.
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Morgan M. Matt Morgan: Standing in the shoes of a relative may complicate decision making. BMJ2020;370:m3344.doi:10.1136/bmj.m3344 pmid:32873585FREE Full TextGoogle Scholar

Disclaimer: Please note- This blog is NOT medical advice. This blog is purely for information only and do check the the sources where cited. Please consult your own doctor to discuss concerns and options relevant to you.

The views expressed in this blog represent the author’s views held at the time of drafting the blog and is likely to change overtime, particularly when new evidence comes to light. The blog is not necessarily endorsed by any organisation the author is associated with and views are not substitute for professional advice.