something we see all the time, and often this is labeled as â empirical therapy
â , and is justified based on the fact that "I've tried it with my
patients and it's worked."
two reasons why doctors get fooled.
is the placebo effect. Just the fact that the doctor thinks the treatment will
work convinces the patient that the it will , and this becomes a
self-fulfilling prophecy !
reason is that doctors don't like doing nothing, which is why they feel it's
better to do something rather than nothing. This is what patients expect as
well, which why doctors are so happy to write prescriptions , even when the
usefulness of these prescriptions is still unproven.
example for this is all the Vitamin D supplementation which is being routinely
prescribed to everyone , without any proof of benefit !