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The NNT: Quick Summaries Of Evidence-Based Medicine

I think I blogged this before, but didn’t describe it much. Allow me to rectify that mistake.

The (“Number Needed To Treat”) is an ever-expanding website which boils down high-quality reviews of medications and interventions and presents its recommendations in a much more approachable green-yellow-red “warning triangle” format rather than some ratio.

While I won’t use this as a single source to change my practice, I’m going to have to do some more research on some of the [questionables] of our age (i.e. Octreotide for variceal bleeding, PPI infusions for upper GI bleeding, etc.) — just two of the studies that fly in the face of current practice.

An aside: While inhaled corticosteroids for asthma aren’t beneficial in the review, what it doesn’t tell you is that the Feds think they are, and will grade your asthma care on how many of your asthma patients get a prescription for them, so be aware.

Graham Walker, M.D. is behind this, and good for him.

*This blog post was originally published at GruntDoc*

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