Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare

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Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2006; $19.95

As the medical literature has become increasingly complex (both methodologically and statistically), the gap between academics and the end consumers of this information (i.e., clinicians and patients) has grown ever wider. Whether this is due to the proliferation of easy-to-use statistical software (coupled with the allure of seemingly more objective evaluations of effect), or whether it is the result of pressure from journal editors who demand increasingly complex statistical analyses to support medical conclusions, the effect is clear: we are systematically erecting barriers to the implementation of research.

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare addresses this issue in a series of thoughtful chapters on topics that range from a consideration of the implicit biases in clinical trial research, to the reliability of clinical evidence. The book is targeted at non-academic consumers of healthcare information (i.e., patients, and frontline clinicians), and the presented material is of an appropriate level for this audience - the numerous illustrative examples, case studies, and anecdotes interspersed within the text make this a relatively quick read. …

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