My big learning in this pandemic is that we need to use what we already know from years of managing respiratory diseases, rather than treat it like something very new.
We know that most viral infections get better with just supportive treatment.
We know that many doctors over investigate and over treat viral respiratory infections, including blood tests, X-rays, antibiotics, oral bronchodilators, alpha-agonists, and what not..
We know that many patients self-medicate, self-investigate, follow random advice from relatives and friends, and have many cultural taboos.
All of the above has just gotten much much more pronounced due to fear on all fronts..
At the same time, I know lots of doctors who are keeping the flame of rational empathetic medicine alive..
In my practice, only two things are new:
Continue reading Old Strategies for a New Enemy
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Therapy A for Medical Condition X was generally recommended by the evidence-based guidelines issued by several professional societies. It was the standard treatment for X for many years. 💊
Five years ago, the guidelines were changed (as often happens) to remove Therapy A from treatment recommendations of Condition X. ✂️
And then, recently, the guidelines were changed again to include once again, Therapy X in the recommendations. (This also happens commonly.) 📝
Now here’s the dilemma.. ⚖️
Continue reading 🤔 The Dilemma of Evidence 💡