Thursday, November 19, 2009

US Preventive Services Task Force

There have been lots of dumb things said about the whole mammography recommendation of the US Preventive Services Task Force....the dumbest is that 'this shows bureaucrats are getting between patients and their doctor'....of course all the members of the task force are doctors and scientists and they don't work for the federal government. That is the point, they are independent experts. Here is the roster.

Here are the recommendations. Here is what the evidence grades mean.

Note that the recommendation is for average risk women, not women who have family history, known genetic predisposition, etc.

If it is going to be the case that asking the question of whether something works or not and is worth it or not in health care means that you are evil, etc. then the only thing I can think of saying next is that we are going to need a bigger printing press.

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