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5.0 out of 5 stars Urgent and focussed, a vital book in both senses of the word, 14 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare (Paperback)
Urgent and focussed... a vital book, in both senses of the word!

`Testing Treatments' is a broad-ranging work, important reading for patients, tax-payers, clinicians, researchers and research funders. It is packed with evidence of unrepeated studies, unsafe results, biased results, results which aren't properly followed up, or made available. These authors really know their subject.

You will recognise many of the culprits from media reports, but still others will shock you.

This book brings an awareness to consumers and patients that they are part, and can be a much bigger part, of the system by which a treatment is used and reported. Some treatments are researched, and go on sale as, ultimately, effective or ineffective drugs; others become a tragic name associated with a devastating side-effect.

It gives consumers a whole raft of questions to ask, to create a mechanism whereby supply will become driven by the demand of the informed patient, rather than the will, whim or interest of the drug company.

Testing Treatments is a valuable tool for anyone placing their faith in a health-shop remedy, a diagnostic procedure, or drug prescribed by a GP or consultant physician. There are a wealth of references, and the most comprehensive list of additional resources for general and specific information about current research, even about further training in the skills of assessing research evidence.

Many assumptions you might have made about your GP prescribing on the basis of up-to-date research results, or that any diagnostic test must be valuable, or that the evidence of one study alone is enough, will be swept aside in this eye-opening work.

There is a lot of statistical and medical information, but there are also key-points summaries, a `blue-print' for a better future and an action plan of things you can do. This is a vital book, in both senses of the word...read it, you will be riveted!
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