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Teasting Treatments

by Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, and Iain Chalmers

Testing Treatments chalenges all to help make a difference

This is very important book and it should appeal to everyone who wants to join the revolution to reform clinical research, to ensure that it really does serve the interests of patients.  It is the best available introduction to the methods, uses, and value of fair

Patients are often seen as the recipients of healthcare, rather than participants. This book shines light on the mysteries of how life and death decisions are made. It shows how those judgements are often badly flawed and it sets a challenge for doctors across the globe to mend their ways.

Aimed at both patients and professionals, Testing Treatments builds a lively and thought provoking argument for better, more reliable and more relevant research with unbiased or 'fair' trials, and explains how patients can work with doctors to achieve this vital goal. Testing Treatments urges readers to take an active part in changing conditions and describes what practical steps doctors and patients can take together to improve current research and future treatments that best serve the interests of patients.


‘Only when the public finally grasps how little reliable knowledge exists will it have the motivation to become actively involved in prioritising the research agenda. Ultimately improvement in clinical care and patients’ outcomes will come from conducting the right kind of research, research that is of importance in the real world, as advocated in the recently established James Lind Alliance. Acknowledging uncertainties and informing patients about them is a key strategy for improving healthcare and lifting the fog from the practice of medicine.’

Djulbegovic B. Lifting the fog of uncertainty from the practice of medicine.
British Medical Journal 2004;329:1419-20.

"If we are passive consumers of medicine we will never drive up standards. If we prefer simplistic answers we will get pseudo science. If we do not promote the rigorous testing of treatments we will get pointless and sometimes dangerous treatment along with the stuff that really works." ~ Nick Ross

"Although we describe the harm that some inadequately tested treatments have caused, it is certainly not our intention to undermine patients’ trust in their health professionals. Our aim is to improve communication and boost confidence. But this will only happen if patients can help their doctors critically assess treatment options. We hope that you, the reader, will emerge from this book sharing some of our passion for the subject and go on to ask awkward questions about treatments, identify gaps in medical knowledge, and get involved in research to find answers for the benefit of everybody. " ~ Introduction from Authors

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