This is good for both physicians and patients, very straight forward and shows the impact and success of medications and treatments. I’m going to bookmark this one.
I did a check for antibiotics for acute maxillary sinusitis and I liked what I saw as outcomes were presented in a very simple format. It showed that 1 in 15 were helped, 1 in 8 were harmed with side effects, and 1 in 71 did not tolerate the antibiotic drug. One of the founders also has another calculation site which is not bad either and was the fore runner to this project .
Conveying how well a therapy works — and doing so in understandable terms — isn’t easy, but a group of physicians is trying to change that.
Their new website, TheNNT.com, looks at a stat called the “number needed to treat,” which it defines as “a measurement of the impact of a medicine or therapy [that estimates] the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person.” (Here’s the new site’s explanation of the NNT. We’ve mentioned the metric before in a post about gauging heart risk.)
One of the site’s creators, Graham Walker, chief emergency resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, tells the Health Blog he was surprised that data on the effectiveness of treatments “was out there, but not easily accessible.” After talking about a year ago with two of his attending physicians, Ashley Shreves and David Newman (now at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Walker learned they had also “been thinking about whether there’s a way to disseminate this information more easily.”