Posted on April 2, 2014
Tags: bias, clinical questions, ebm, education, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers, Imogen Evans, patient information, Paul Glaziou, shared decision making, Systematic reviews, Testing Treatments Interactive
The book that could be called: The ‘Patient Revolution’ manifesto!
This book answers important evidence questions such as:
Testing Treatments was written by Evidence Based Medicine’s gurus Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers, and Paul Glasziou. The foreword was written by Evidence Based Medicine’s rock star, Ben Goldacre. This book was written to help the public learn the importance of:
Testing Treatments provides many examples and stories of how research has gone wrong in the past and the painful costs of those incidents.
The book is written for students, patients, patient advocates, journalists, policy makers, researchers, and healthcare professionals.
Testing Treatments is an easy-to-read guide for better research. Key points are listed at the end of each chapter. Although this book covered some similar ground as the Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action course (See my review of this course here), it went into further details on what action to take in order to be part of the solution. To me, the most important part of this book was the actionable, 8 point “blueprint” for a way forward in Evidence Based Medicine.
Well, if you want, you can buy a hard copy, but the authors have made it available for free. Just follow the last link below to download it for free.
Evans, I., Thornton, H., Chalmers, I., & Glasziou, P. (2011). Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare (2nd ed.). London: Pinter & Martin. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK66204/
Testing Treatments interactive website that is a follow project from the book: http://www.testingtreatments.org/
Video introduction to Testing Treatments interactive: http://youtu.be/YD2D3gmK-W4
Testing Treatments interactive English are partners with Students 4 Best Evidence.