For the last 125 years or so, we’ve been told that Medicine and Science are one and the same. This is simply not true. While ther was a need to develop efficiencies in medicine coming out fo the 19th Century and into the 20th, the pendulum has swung too far and we seem to have forgotten the art of caring for patients.
Yes, the art of medicine is built on the science of discovery, but both must be done, at the same time. This should go for all of medicine, especially for regenerative medicine.
There is resistance to the practice of regenerative medicine from many in both academic and regulatory circles, as well as some from the clinical sphere. There is great concern that there is not yet enough “evidence” to show which treatments are safe or effective, let alone good or bad.
We do not suggest to push science to the side, but to embrace it. Science is critical to advancing medicine. Science is critical to advancing medicine. But it is not the only factor; we advocate that science is only one leg of a three legged stool for effectively and humanely treating patients. While science – the effort to better understand how the natural world works – is incredibly important, it takes an art to diagnose and develop a relationship with a patient.
Given the fact that the number one object for any regenerative medicine platform shoudl be to help the patient’s body heal itself, using an evidence-based model is critical for both short- and long-term success.
The Medical Advisors of RHM use an evidence-based paractice model:
- The best available research evidence bearing on whether and why a treatment provides a postive outcome
- Clincial expertise (clinical judgement and experience) but he physician to identify each patient’s unique health state
- Patient preferences and values (having an understanding of what you, the patient, want is incredibly important for the physician when helping you make choices in their care.)
In the practice – or art – of medicine, all three must be taken into consideration when developing a relationship with a patient while analyzing, diagnosing, and treating them. Otherwise, it’s simply a science experiement. And no one wants to be a “guinea pig,” unless they have to.
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