STT Score

As i’ve been reading research papers and news articles, it struck me that some papers are of more immediate clinical relevance than others. So i’ve decided to come up with a score – the STT or steps to treatment score. Its a bit of a cheeky idea and I’ll be assigning the score myself. The idea is this. If the information can be used immediately in treatment/intervention then it gets a score of 1. So for instance if the NICE guidelines have just been updated that gets a score of 1. If however its something like the possible discovery of a new neurotransmitter then it gets a score of 5. Why? Well firstly there would have to be a confirmatory study. So that’s one step – more research. Then there has to be another study linking it to an illness. That’s more research and a second step. Then there has to be the discovery of an agent which affects this neurotransmitter. That’s a third step. Then there would have to be trials – i’ll combine all three phases into one for the sake of simplicity and a fourth step. Then it would have to be introduced into practice. That’s a fifth step. At the end of the day, its just an opinion or a rule of thumb. People are welcome to give their own scores!


The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor.


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