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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and clever, 22 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare (Paperback)
Testing Treatments asks the crucial question, how can we ensure that medical research effectively meets the needs of patients? It is a crucial question because all over the world, resources are wasted on poor quality research, research that only meets the needs of drug companies, and on unproven, disproven, or unnecessary treatment.

A useful complement to Ben Goldacre's Bad Science and Simon Singh's Trick or Treatment, Testing Treatments clearly lays out the principles of robust research, defining what makes a fair test, and explaining the importance of setting a study within the context of existing research. In itself, these principles do not sound particularly challenging, but the authors go on to show how the waters are muddied by vested interests, patient pester power, paternalistic clinicians, and inexcusable poor practice.

Finally, they set out a strong blueprint for a better future, asking for patients to be treated as equal partners, both as individuals requiring treatment, and as groups participating in research.

This is a readable work of great importance, with easily accessible language and interesting examples throughout the text.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2012, 09:36:26 GMT
Shiatsushi says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012, 21:36:13 GMT
presterjohn says:
Why do you think that they should bother to take the time to respond to you? Of course it would be nice if people did do so, but you have no right to expect it. The author has stated his case and if you have evidence that they are wrong let them know if you feel so inclined maybe it will get looked into maybe it won't.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2012, 09:54:44 BST
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2012, 09:58:29 BST
D. Badenoch says:
Hi presterjohn and Shiatsushi:

The authors of Testing Treatments have set up a website for this specific purpose.

If you go to www.testingtreatments.org and look at the Feedback page you will see that the authors do respond to queries from readers.

As long at they are constructive and polite, all comments and criticism are welcome.
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