Of course, some patients and scenarios don’t fit neatly into the guidelines, and physicians must consider their patients’ needs and personal experiences when assessing and treating them. Because guidelines are based on evidence, though, it’s in patients’ and physicians’ best interests to follow the guidelines more often than not.
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“The reality is, if you’re deviating from the guidelines 99% of the time, you’re probably doing the wrong thing,” said David C. Brodner, MD, an otolaryngologist at The Center for Sinus, Allergy, & Sleep Wellness in Boynton Beach, Fla. “You’re not doing your patients a service by ignoring it. Why not harness the power of that information to do a better job for your patients?”
Jennifer Fink is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.