Monday, October 10, 2011

The Art of Medicine: Evidence-Based vs. Evidence-Enhanced

Medical care has evolved from using the individual practitioner’s training belief system, and own personal bias to using data, studies, and evidence to make appropriate decisions. This more scientific approach has yielded better results and more rational treatment programs.

However, in the mantra of “double-blind-controlled study," there is another side of medicine that needs to be addressed. This is the “Art of Medicine”.

Medical care not only includes scientific assessments and treatment protocols but also the human side. Patients come for the best scientific care but also for compassion, empathy, measured opinions, and guidance.

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) gives access to the data, but not the whole story.

By combining “evidence-based medicine” and the “art of medicine” you will achieve “evidence-enhanced medicine” giving the patient a holistic approach for which they are grateful. There is a reason other than scientific medical care that patients are nostalgic for their “own doctor."

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