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Number Needed to Treat (NNT)

Number Needed To Treat (NNT) is a powerful tool to communicate benefit and harm that both patients and doctors can understand. Some medicines or treatments work better than others. In order to compare medicines to each other fairly, we can use the NNT to summarize a treatment’s effect. The NNT says this: how many people does the doctor have to treat to help just one of them?

This Changed My Practice, a free, online educational initiative from the university of British Columbia’s Continuing Professional Department. The site is a made-in-B.C. resource with a vision to deliver quick summaries of impactful clinical studies, clinical pearls and even practice tips relevant to physicians everywhere.

Tools for Practice is proudly sponsored by the Alberta College of Family Physicians and is a valuable resource that includes biweekly articles summarizing medical evidence on a clinical question with a focus on information that can modify day-to-day practice.

The Therapeutics Initiative was established in 1994 by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in cooperation with the Department of Family Practice at The University of British Columbia, with its mission to provide physicians and pharmacists with up-to-date, evidence-based, practical information on prescription drug therapy.

Check out James McCormack’s CVD risk calculator to help discuss the pros and cons of treating hypertension and high lipids.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain difference types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform health-care decision making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in the Cochrane Collaboration.

The Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine is a blog and regular podcast from Ken Milne, one of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine gurus at McMaster. It’s funny and it’s free and it might just change your practice. The only downside is 5 minutes for a one- time  registration.

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