The Resource for Medical Consumer Protection
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA. 1992; 268: 2537-2540) published an article that stated, “50% of coronary angiography currently being undertaken in the United States is unnecessary, or at least could be postponed.” Coronary angiographies are only one of many different types of procedures or surgeries that are being over-performed.
People should routinely validate any medical advice they receive to determine if it is appropriate and medically necessary. They need reliable information to do so. There are no sources of information that could be more reliable than evidence-based medical guidelines (EBMGs), which are the “gold standard” for identifying the criteria for the medical necessity of any treatment, procedure or surgery. These guidelines are written by committees of doctors who have been appointed by their respective American medical or surgical specialty boards. These committees “distill” hundreds of pages of scientific data down to only a few bullet points found on EBMGs, which are called the “criteria for medical necessity.” The use of EBMGs by average people, in partnership with their own doctors, will help them arrive at the very best possible personal medical decisions.
We are a doctor-owned and operated resource which connects average people to the EBMGs that apply to any medical intervention. We encourage our visitors to search for the applicable EBMGs on their own (free of charge) through our direct links to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Alternatively, a search by our staff for the applicable EBMGs may be requested by clicking on “Request a Guideline Search” (below), for which there is a nominal charge of $39.95.
We help average consumers find the evidence-based medical guidelines (EBMGs) that apply to any treatment, procedure or surgery. When a consumer is informed about the criteria for the medical necessity of any medical treatment, procedure or surgery,
he will be prepared to enter into a meaningful discussion with his own personal physician about the intervention in question. This process results in arriving at the best possible personal medical decisions. Link to NIH
They are statements which define the medical necessity of any diagnostic or therapeutic intervention, based upon evidence from a rigorous systematic review and synthesis of published medical literature. The purpose of evidence-based medical guidelines
(EBMGs) is to assist clinicians and patients with making appropriate health care decisions within the context of specific clinical circumstances. EBMGs are written by committees of doctors who have been designated by their respective Americal medical, surgical or pediatric specialty boards. Link to NIH
Search for any EBMG at the world’s largest medical database:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The following are additional databases our staff searches:
American College of Cardiology (ACC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Official Disability Guidelines (ODG), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American College of Endocrinology (ACE), American Urological Association (AUA), www.guidelines.gov, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine NHS, AGREE Collaboration, Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), National Library of Medicine PubMed data base, National Library for Health, Conference on Guideline Standardization (COGS), German National Guideline Clearinghouse, New Zealand Guidelines Group (NZGG), Task Force on Preventive Services, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), etc.
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