Treatment Choice – The Evidence
Choosing the best treatment for a patient can be difficult. Reviewing all the published evidence for a treatment or condition allows informed choices to be made in the clinic. Many BSOM members in different centres in the UK and Ireland have been involved in systematic reviews within the Cochrane Oral Health Group based in Manchester or participate in the World Workshops on Oral Medicine. These cover topics across the spectrum of conditions that fall within Oral Medicine practice.
There are some very effective treatments for conditions within the scope of Oral Medicine practice. However, there is a need for improved treatments. Research developments may involve investigation of how existing treatments are best used. This can focus on medicines, diet changes or psychological treatments, amongst others. New treatments are also being developed, but inevitably take longer to reach the clinic. Well-conducted clinical trials, for example that compare treatments, add to the evidence-base for choosing the best care for an individual.