Thursday, May 20, 2010

Donald Berwick: let evidence based medicine take a back seat?

Donald Berwick's radical consumerist views often trump EBM. From the Health Affairs Blog:

For example, “leaving choice ultimately up to the patient and family means that evidence-based medicine may sometimes take a back seat,” Berwick says. “One e-mail correspondent asked me, ‘Should patient “wants” override professional judgment about whether an MRI is needed?’ My answer is, basically, ‘Yes.’ On the whole, I prefer that we take the risk of overuse along with the burden of giving real meaning to the phrase “a fully informed patient.”

The Republicans, who worry that Berwick would ration and restrict care, don't understand what he's really about. There's plenty to worry about, but not for the reasons they think. Related posts here and here.

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