Author Affiliation: Department of Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
The pace of scientific discovery and medical care delivery accelerates
with each passing year. Physicians faced with an overwhelming number of publications
strive to rapidly extract a study's "bottom line" (ie, how can these findings
be distilled into simple heuristics, or rules of thumb, for patient care).
While such a reductionist approach is understandable, some areas of medicine
defy such simplification. The 1-year results of the Trial of Invasive versus
Medical therapy in Elderly patients (TIME) study, published in this issue
of THE JOURNAL,1 clearly exemplify this situation.
Peterson ED. Patient-Centered Cardiac Care for the ElderlyTIME for Reflection. JAMA. 2003;289(9):1157-1158. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1157