When the evidence doesn’t add up: ARA 2014

With every conference that I have the privilege of reporting on I always stumble across a theme.

Casting my mind back to Perth last year it was the importance of lifestyle interventions in all rheumatology patients.

This year it was evidence based medicine. An interactive session hosted by an on-form Stephen Hall explored why we sometimes ignore the evidence.

Is it ethical to give treatments that don’t do any good but don’t do any harm? How do we manage patient’s expectations? There were of course no easy answers and a fair bit of good-natured disagreement.