Entering the ‘battle’ between precision and evidence-based medicine

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Entering the ‘battle’ between precision and evidence-based medicine

Jo Scott-Jones

Jo Scott-Jones

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Are GPs ready to wrestle with evidence-based and precision medicine?

Comprehensive information about specific gene variants and their impact on diagnosis and treatment is now available in an easily searchable database – it’s time to get to grips with genomics

Of patients who experience allopurinol-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), 25–30 per cent die Dr William Ferguson’s call to arms i

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Precision medicine and personalised healthcare will eventually eclipse EBM. It is not a battle between the two, it is the evolution from one to another.

Joe, wouldn't you be better, given that we can't do the HLAB5801 test, to use the age, gender and renal function decision criteria when prescribing allopurinol in PI patients?