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Dr. Carrie Jones
Dr. Kate Henry
February 13, 2024

How Evidence-Based Medicine Shapes Patient Care

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In today's episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, we dive into evidence-based medicine, biases in clinical studies, and the significance of a patient-centered approach with Dr. Allen Sussman. You’ll hear us discuss:

  • The role of evidence-based medicine in patient-centered care

  • How to critically evaluate medical studies

  • Statistical versus clinical significance in medicine

  • Integrating complementary and alternative medicine

  • “Saving the Art of Medicine” book

  • Balancing compassion and evidence in medical practice

Dr. Allen Sussman is a highly experienced endocrinologist who has practiced for over 34 years and taught as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington. He co-founded the Rainier Clinical Research Center, where he was involved in numerous evidence-based studies and helped develop innovative treatments for diabetes. He also served as the director of Alternative Medical Services at Valley Medical Center and was part of a task force in Washington State to create standardized practices within alternative medicine. Dr. Sussman authored "Saving the Art of Medicine," which provides an all-around view of the medical field and what it means to be a healer.

Guest Details:

  • Dr. Allen Sussman’s Website
  • Dr. Allen Sussman on LinkedIn
  • Saving the Art of Medicine Book
  • University of Washington - School of Medicine Website

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03:38 - Dr. Sussman's journey into integrative medicine

05:03 - Embracing evidence-based medicine

09:49 - Unveiling research biases

17:50 - Statistical versus clinical significance in healthcare

21:50 - Unpacking the Women's Health Initiative

25:48 - Merging data and human relationships in modern medicine

28:54 - How to foster open-mindedness in healthcare

30:56 - Balancing compassion and evidence in medical practice

34:03 - The secrets to a balanced life

36:30 - Where can you find Dr. Sussman?

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