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!
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