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Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
Very easy to read and understand this book. Very important and potentially tedious concepts were covered in an interesting and well thought out manner. Essential reading for anyone in any job in any way related to the delivery of health care or for anyone receiving any form of treatment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2012
"Testing Treatments" is a great little read, easy to pick up and understand. This book raises the awareness about the need for fair tests of treatments so that better research can help to improve the healthcare that we all, at some stage in our lives, will receive. Reading through the book it made me question how we know whether a particular drug, therapy or operation really works, and how well? "Testing Treatments" is very thought provoking read for all those interested in healthcare.
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on 18 March 2013
Having worked in the pharma industry most of my life I have too often seen and been involved in hyping the claims. This book does for the treatments what Bad Pharma does for the chemicals. We all need evidence, and blind (double) trials wherever and whenever possible to substantiate the claims made for a specific course of treatment for ourselves and families not treatments on the whims of of well intentioned but wrong surgeons......
Read and think.
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on 5 April 2015
Much the sane as Ben goldacre which isn't a bad thing just a bit repetitive, I'd say read one or the other as both much the sane. A number of the points in this aren't relevant in 2015 ad clinical trials have been made to be more transparent. Does provoke some interesting questions and food for thought
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on 6 November 2014
Really interesting. Got a bit complicated towards the end with facts and figures but otherwise well worth reading.
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7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
I do not doubt any second on the good intentions and the goals of the book but such message I prefer to read in a 2 page article instead of 168 pages of repetition. My background is in medicines, regulatory and statistics and I share most of the points made however there are many inaccuracies and the book is too anecdotal and rather messy. Perhaps it is my background but trying to put myself as an outsider I do not see how you can get through this book with a clear mind. Perhaps you will be left with the key points that are put at the end of each section, however these are really too much of a generalisation and actually a dangerous simplification. The main point is that we have indeed arrived to a point where it technically becomes possible to include each daily treatment into a controlled database for retrospective and prospective analysis. Such data-systems and databases are evolving rapidly and will help our understanding on the risks and benefits of treatments. The changes to medicine will be beyond believe in the next 20 years. However, while normal patients will play an important role, apart from their data most patients will not become knowledgeable soon, not even with the good intentions of such books. And with these advances to medicine will come new ethical questions for which society has no backboon yet, this is the real worry. We will be able to change the essence of life as we know it now without being ready to understand the consequences of this know how. Better research for better health care is happening, slowly but in the good direction, hopefully society as a whole gets ready to deal with it. A shame of the University tuition fees in the UK.
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1 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2012
I bought the 2006 edition of this book with great enthusiasm that at last those who suffered from undiagnosed, untreated and undertreated hypothyroidism might receive some helpful advice on how to approach the medical profession with sound evidence. I was dismayed to discover that the foreword was written by Ben Goldacre. Goldacre has been shown to be a real enemy when it comes to moving forward with better treatment for thyroid sufferers as he repeatedly and ignorantly supports the unsubstantiated establishment view that thyroid diagnosis and treatment in the UK is adequate. Anyone who has been affected by thyroid problems will tell you that this is very far from the truth. Sadly, his views affected my reading of the book, because the foreword and Goldacre's previous actions coloured everything that was subsequently written.
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