Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare

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By (author) Imogen Evans, By (author) Hazel Thornton, By (author) Iain Chalmers, By (author) Paul P. Glasziou, Foreword by Ben Goldacre


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  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 199 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 20mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905177488
  • ISBN 13: 9781905177486
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Sales rank: 102,692

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How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals. Building on the success of the first edition, Testing Treatments has now been extensively revised and updated. The Second Edition includes a thought-provoking chapter on screening, explaining why early diagnosis is not always better. Other new chapters explore how over-regulation of research can work against the best interests of patients, and how robust evidence from research can be drawn together to shape the practice of healthcare in ways that allow treatment decisions to be reached jointly by patients and clinicians. Testing Treatments urges everyone to get involved in improving current research and future treatment, and outlines practical steps that patients and doctors can take together.

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By T Leggett 23 Nov 2011 4

An easy-to-read introduction to the world of medical testing, 'Testing Treatments' addresses some concerns with the industry, from the research lab to the GP's surgery. The book has opened my eyes to some of the more worrying aspects of medical research - the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on patient groups; the, perhaps well-intentioned, yet potentially dangerous, input from the media, especially with regard to 'miracle cures'; the disturbingly disparate opinions of medical professionals when it comes to treatment; the fact that screening is not necessarily better and can, in fact, have serious repercussions.
Each chapter includes plenty of relevant vignettes and ends with a summary of key points - as a non-medical professional I found these particularly helpful. 
Thought-provoking stuff.