M edically recognized standards of care are those accepted by medical experts as appropriate treatments for a disease or condition and commonly used by healthcare professionals. Medical recognition of standards of care is typically represented by publication in a peer-reviewed journal or some form of recognition by a professional medical society.(1) Multiple standards of care exist for over 25 medical conditions that have posted guidelines on the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.(2)
In Lyme disease, opinion within the medical community is deeply divided regarding the best approach for treating Lyme disease
In Lyme disease, opinion within the medical community is deeply divided regarding the best approach for treating Lyme disease, particularly when patients remain ill after treatment with short-term protocols. This split has resulted in two standards of care—one advanced by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the other by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).(1, 2) Both viewpoints are reflected in peer-reviewed guidelines and constitute medically recognized standards of care…… Join or login below to continue reading.
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