There is a strong ritual and tradition in this country, and in every clinic and hospital: The doctor tells you what the problem is, prescribes a treatment, and the patient does what the doctor says. That’s what we expect and that’s what we pay for. What’s not common is asking your doctor to back up what they recommend with real “evidence.” It should be a no-brainer to be given or ask for the data (the facts,) that prove that your doctor is recommending the best treatment for your unique condition.
Unfortunately this exchange of evidence rarely, if ever, happens. Why not? The reasons include:
- Hard to find this evidence.
- Hard to understand this evidence.
- Hard to ask for and get my doctor to read this evidence with me.
Well finally #1 and #2 are no longer an issue. We live in a high-tech world that provides us with state-of-the-art information technologies. There are companies and platforms out there right now that can find and deliver the exact evidence you need to find the best treatment for any medical problem, and this evidence is no longer hard to understand. It is the same evidence you use every day outside of health care (ie: consumer reports, Travelocity, E trade, etc.)
Problem #3 is only an emotional obstacle. You have been brainwashed to think that your doctor will not like you if you ask for or show them evidence. Most doctors appreciate and want evidence, especially if it is easy to use and understand. Think about it, would you really want a doctor who was opposed to using evidence?
This is why SMTE exists. We want to debunk the myth that patients (and their doctors) can’t or will not use evidence. We plan to arm patients with all the knowledge and tools required to be an evidence expert. We want and expect patients to be capable of using the same numbers and data that doctors and experts use now to make decisions on your behalf. These are the same numbers and data that all of us use everyday outside of health care.
We also want to patients to start demanding evidence from their doctors. Supply and demand! “If you demand it, they will supply it.” You get the picture.