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Pearson’s opinions help shape policies that become written into law. His mission: To reduce variation in physician behavior. He believes medical care will be better, safer, and more cost-efficient when physicians base clinical judgments on “solid empirical science instead of clinical observation and experience.”
Dr. Pearson’s word choice is key to understanding where he’s coming from—and how your doctor may be required to treat you at your next appointment. Notice, Pearson uses the term “instead of” as if suggesting solid empirical science and personal experience are mutually exclusive and cannot be reconciled. His assumption seems to be that the average physician is incapable of safely assimilating new experiences.
Conformity is Safety
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According to Dr. Pearson, all doctors should treat people with the same diagnosis—say high cholesterol, or cancer—the same way, and their treatment plans should be based entirely on published protocols and guidelines. He suggests doctors rely not on their own experience, but on “solid empirical science.” He claims that individuals are not capable of generating, evaluating, or implementing “solid empirical science” and that only consensus panels and groups of experts can create “solid empirical science.” Furthermore, he characterizes behavior of those doctors who prefer to interpret data themselves rather than accept the interpretation of consensus panels, as “deviant.”
Finally, Dr. Pearson acknowledges that consensus panels are frequently comprised of doctors on pharmaceutical company payrolls and this conflict of interest might present problems. Nevertheless, he characterizes currently available guidelines as “solid.”
Consensus is Truth
Dr. Pearson supported provisions in the new healthcare reform bill that will fund “physician variation” studies to single out doctors who are deviating from expert group opinions more than others.
If you are the kind of person who wants to see an independently minded physician who treats you as an individual rather than a disease state to be fitted into a predetermined algorithm, you might not like the direction medicine will be headed if people like Dr. Pearson have their way. On the other hand, maybe you would rather your doctor concern himself more with what disease category or categories to place you in, and endeavor to adhere closely to guidelines and algorithms as possible.
If you’ve read this site or any of my books, you know what side I’m on. However, maybe the Robot-doctor is what this country really needs. I want to know what you think. Send me your comments and tell me whether, the next time you or your child gets sick, you’d rather make an appointment with a Robot-Doctor, or the old-fashioned kind—the one encouraged to think for herself. Please post your comments!