Title

A is for aphorism: If many treatments are used for a disease, all are insufficient

Date of this Version

12-1-2012

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published Version.

Cooke, G., Beller, E., Hoffmann, T., & Del Mar, C. (2012). A is for aphorism: If many treatments are used for a disease, all are insufficent. Australian Family Physician, 41(12), 992.

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© Copyright The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2012

ISSN

0300-8495

Abstract

Extract:
The aphorism, ‘If many treatments are used for a disease, all are insufficient’ seems self evident. If any treatments were beneficial (‘sufficient’ in the aphorism), there would be no need to search for new treatments and therefore the presence of many available treatments might be a marker for none of
them being effective. We decided to test this aphorism by establishing a set of conditions for which there are treatments classified by evidence of effectiveness. Clinical Evidence, from the British Medical Journal’s stable of publications, seemed to fit the bill well. It is a database of evidence based systematic overviews of the benefits and harms of treatments for many of the conditions encountered in primary care, using a transparent process of determining the level of evidence for each.

 

This document has been peer reviewed.