Caring for the Individual Patient: Understanding Heterogeneous Treatment Effects


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“The premise of traditional research is to decide, Is this treatment helpful for an average patient? Trouble is, there aren’t very many average patients out there, and I, like most people, am not an average patient.”

A new National Academy of Medicine Special Publication examines the fundamental tension between a health care research paradigm that derives evidence from groups of people, but must make decisions about and for individuals. Understanding heterogeneous treatment effects (HTE) will allow clinicians to both practice evidence-based medicine and make thoughtful, personalized decisions for each of their patients. The special publication examines approaches to studying HTE, examples of how understanding HTE has led to more personalized care, the perspectives of patients and stakeholders on the benefits and challenges of understanding HTE and implementing clinical programs that take HTE into account. The Special Publication concludes with a research agenda for the future.

We must treat our patients as individuals. They surely expect nothing less.

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