A recent article by Austin Frakt published on the New York Times looks at why physicians sometimes offer treatments options that could be ineffective.
Some physicians and patients will opt for “uncertain and experimental” treatment options for a number of reasons, including if no known cure exists for a severe condition.
“We have lots of effective treatments, many of which were originally experimental,” Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Jason H. Wasfy said. “But not every experimental treatment ends up effective, and many aren’t better than existing alternatives. It’s important to collect and analyze the evidence so we can stop doing things that don’t work to minimize patient harm.”
To read the full article on the New York Times, click here. (Paid subscription may be required)