Saturday, February 28, 2009
Making the Comparative Effectiveness Research Battle Look Like a Cake Walk
Tom Harkin (D-IA) , who convinced Bill Clinton to appropriate funds for the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, is annoyed that the NCCAM keeps finding that many alternative therapies don't work, perhaps because ... many alternative therapies don't work. This is of course the crux of the problem with Evidence-Based Medicine, which, even though it sounds good, has the tendency to tell lots of smart people who make lots of money that what they're doing isn't actually helping anyone. Only the people who do lumbar surgeries or sell slightly better prescription drugs make a lot more money and thus make this fight even harder.