Sometimes the Weight of Tradition Is Heavier Than Gold-Standard Evidence in Oncology

Maurie Markman, MD
Published: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Maurie Markman, MD

Maurie Markman, MD
Although randomized clinical trials provide what is generally considered gold-standard evidence and play a well-recognized critical role in the development of cancer care delivery models, clinicians do not always implement changes in practice based on these findings. The evidence generated from the randomized study design may be largely ignored by an individual or a community of physicians if the results or strategies being examined do not align with existing beliefs or bias, local practice and referral patterns, and other potentially highly relevant factors (eg, payment for services, resources available to undertake a new therapy) unrelated to the trial outcome.
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