Best Science Medicine Podcast - BS without the BS
By Dr James McCormack and Dr Michael Allan
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The Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast is a weekly presentation where practitioners can get evidence-based drug therapy content that is practical, entertaining and promotes healthy scepticism. In essence, we are the Medication Mythbusters. We present information that is useful and relevant to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants and other health professionals, and that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day practice. The podcast is presented by Dr. James McCormack, Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and Dr Michael Allan, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Alberta. For more about us and to get the show notes for each episode, visit our website at www.bsmedicine.com or www.medicationmythbusters.com
||CleanEpisode 406: How well is opioid agonist therapy managed in primary care?||In episode 406, Mike, James, and Tina go over the evidence for treating opioid use disorder in primary care and the evidence is clear that it can be done in primary care but specialized opioid treatment programs are also obviously needed. Show notes 1)||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 405: Buprenorphine-naloxone for pharmaceutical opioid use disorder||In episode 405, Mike and James, with yet again the very smart and helpful Tina Korownyk, go over the evidence for buprenorphine-naloxone for pharmaceutical opioid use disorder. While the evidence is at moderate to high risk of bias the results are fairl||1/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 404: Does your patient have an opioid use disorder?||In episode 404, Mike and James, with the very capable Tina Korownyk, go over the approach to what tools to use to help determine if a patient has an opioid use disorder (OUD). We talk about a simple tool called the Prescription Opioid Misuse Index (POMI||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 403: Therapeutic nihilists – I doubt that – PART IV||In episode 403, Mike and James finally finish up their clear demonstration as to why they aren’t therapeutic nihilists. We focus on system/ecological issues and specifically primary care – the bottom line is things aren’t as bad as they sometime||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 402: Therapeutic nihilists – I doubt that – PART III||In episode 402, Mike and James continue to try to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that they aren’t therapeutic nihilists. We talk about treatments that really work for symptoms – antibiotics, corticosteroids, antidepressants, proton pump inhi||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 401: Therapeutic nihilists – I doubt that – PART II||In episode 401, Mike and James continue to try to show they aren’t therapeutic nihilists. We talk about the ballpark benefits of treating conditions like diabetes, with a focus on nutrition and activity to reduce cardiovascular risk. Show notes Handou||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 400: Therapeutic nihilists – I doubt that||In episode 400, Mike and James talk about why they think they aren’t therapeutic nihilists and what it means to be a healthy skeptic. We then have a much longer discussion (which will go into the next few episodes) about many of the treatments that re||12/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 399: What are the most common conditions in primary care?||In episode 399, Mike and James discuss a new paper researched and written by the Alberta gang. There are many reasons why patients are seen in primary care. This systematic review gives all the data on what are globally, the most common presenting condi||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Cutting through the spin
I am a physician, and a follower of the TI for many years. I have relied heavily on the TI to cut through drug company spin in the past, and hope these podcasts can bring the same insights to the public at large that they have traditionally provided to the medical community.
As a resident in family medicine, I find these podcasts a great way to learn useful concepts applicable to clinical practice. The topics are useful and the reviews of the literature are concise and practical. My one piece of criticism would be to dispense their humour in a similar manner to their drugs - in very low doses. An enjoyable listen!
I am a retail pharmacist and I listen to "The Therapeutics Initiative Podcast" during my walks and have listened to a number of them twice, because they are informative and relevant to my daily practice as a pharmacist. The Podcast has definitely changed the way I practice and I am no longer "spastic" about a number of issues...like telling people to finish all their antibiotics (depending on the infection)...or splitting tablets evenly. I have also been able to help a number of people who are concerned about their blood pressure and measure it numerous times daily to put it all in perspective and to ease up on the measuring. Thanks for the informative and humorous show, your work is appreciated and I recommend this Podcast to all pharmacists.
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