Patients receive information about treatments from many sources (clinicians, the Internet, friends and family), not all equally reliable. Even doctors may be rushed, out of date, biased, and have difficulty tailoring quantitative information for patients.
The most up-to-date documents with information about the effects of treatments are clinical trials. These are trustworthy sources on effects of treatment, but they are also difficult to find, complex, technical, and difficult to summarise. They are largely read by academics and policymakers and not by doctors or patients.
The Best Evidence project aims to combine highest-quality clinical trials (made public by the NHS in https://clinicaltrials.gov/) and state-of-the-art clustering and visualisation to produce live, understandable, synthesised reviews about treatments, bringing it into the hands of any interested users.
The Best Evidence project aims to create a patient-centred tool for analysis, synthesis and visualisation of treatment effects tailored to the user’s preferences in terms of outcomes (i.e. desirable outcomes or outcomes to avoid). This will bring up-to-date information tailored to patient’s preferences and needs.