Sunday, October 26, 2008
Evidence Based Healthcare and Baseball
Love the Op Ed piece in the Friday New York Times entitled "How to take American Healthcare from Worst to First." First, one reason I love this article is it is discussing how we need to move to more "Evidence Based" medicine. You may be amazed to know that much of medicine is not evidence based but that is the sad truth. When I first heard about how not all medicine was evidence based medicine (in a talk by David Cox when I was a grad. student) I was blown away. Anyway, the article is worth a read from this point of view.
More amazingly is the author list -- Billy Beane (general manager of the Oakland A's), Newt Gingrich, and John Kerry. What a combination. They make the argument that medicine needs a wholesale change in the way it is done just like baseball is shifting to more evidence based decisions. It is a nice analogy. Too bad the current administration believes that simply thinking about something is the equivalent to evidence. And also too bad that McCain-Palin seem to be following in the trend of Bush to not hold "evidence" in high regard. I wonder what Newt (who is a big science and technology advocate) thinks of the recent anti-science push of the Republicans in power.