Evidence-based visualizations


A visual support tool designed to give healthcare providers a graphical representation of the top 10 side effects associated with a particular medicine.

“The system includes a database containing 16,340 unique drug and side-effect pairs, representing 250 common medications. A numeric score is assigned to each pair reflecting the strength of association between drug and effect. Based on these scores, the system generates graphical adverse reaction maps for any user-selected combination of drugs.”

A video demonstration can be found at: http://www.rxplore.com/AMIA/

Snake Oil: Scientific evidence for popular dietary supplements

Presented as a “balloon race”, this visualization shows the effectiveness of dietary supplements. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble.

Data comes from the abstracts of over 1500 studies on PubMed (run by US National Library Of Medicine) and Cochrane.org (which hosts meta-studies of scientific research).

See the visualization on the web: Information is Beautiful

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