Lyme Disease Research Review Addressing ILADS, Ray Stricker critiques the best (and worst) studies published in 2015

By LymeTimes Editor

Editor’s Note: In the closing Plenary session of the ILADS 2015 conference, Ray Stricker, MD, reviewed the best and worst studies published in the Lyme disease literature.

 He divided them into two groups: evidence-based peer-reviewed articles and opinion-based peer-reviewed articles. This excerpt summarizes the “best” of those studies.

T he top entry in the “best” group was authored by Dan Cameron, Lorraine Johnson, and Betty Maloney, all members of the working group who drafted revised ILADS Guidelines in 2014 [see TLT 27-1 published in 2015]. Evidence assessments and guideline recommendations in Lyme disease: the clinical management of known tick bites, erythema migrans rashes and persistent disease.

  • First guidelines for Lyme disease developed in accordance with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards.
  • First guidelines for Lyme disease based on the rigorous Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) process.
  • Only Lyme disease guidelines that included a patient from the Lyme community as an author or as a member of the guidelines development panel, as recommended by IOM.

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