Should the patient really get the drug?

I do a lot of reading. But I think I mentioned that before. One physician author that I enjoy reading is Dr. Sebastian Rushworth. He looks at health and wellness with a common sense attitude.

Sound familiar???

Here is a short excerpt from a recent article he authored. I highly suggest you click on the link below the excerpt to read the entire article. It’s not that long, is well written and flows very well with how we think and act at the Institute for Medical Wellness (IMW).

Let’s imagine a common patient. Every primary care physician meets this patient, or someone much like her, on an almost daily basis. She’s 75 years old, and overweight. She experienced a wrist fracture two years ago, and was subsequently diagnosed with osteoporosis. She has high cholesterol levels, but she’s never had a heart attack or other “cardiovascular event”. On top of that, she has type 2 diabetes, chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure. She was diagnosed with depression a few years ago, after her husband died.

Our patient takes seven drugs every day:

  1. Alendronate, because of her weak bones.

  2. Atorvastatin, because of her high cholesterol levels.

  3. Sertraline, because of her depression.

  4. Metformin, because of her type 2 diabetes.

  5. Insulin, also because of her type 2 diabetes.

  6. Paracetamol (a.k.a. acetaminophen), because of her knee pain.

  7. Enalapril, because of her high blood pressure.

So, the question is, are these drugs doing her any good?

Please click the below link to read further the thought process that should go through the minds of both treating healthcare professionals and patients before embarking on a treatment path.

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