Evidence-Based Medical Treatment

Evidence-based medical care aims to apply the best available evidence gained from the scientific method to clinical decision making. At its best, evidence based medicine used randomized, double-blinded, placebo controlled studies to determine the effectiveness of a given therapy. Physicians seek to assess the strength of this evidence to weigh the risks and benefits of a treatment (including lack of treatment). This methodology allows Dr. Hummel to understand whether or not a treatment will benefit a particular patient and how best to apply the treatment.

An evidence-based approach to medicine recognizes that many aspects of health care depend on individual factors such as quality and value-of-life judgments, which are only partially subject to scientific methods. However, this approach does seek to clarify those areas of medical practice that are subject to scientific methods to ensure the best prediction of outcomes in medical treatment.