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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions Envisioning Health Care 2020

ISBN-10: 0262016036

ISBN-13: 9780262016032

Edition: 2011

Authors: Gerd Gigerenzer, J. A. Muir Gray

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Contrary to popular opinion, one of the main problems in providing uniformly excellent health care is not lack of money but lack of knowledge--on the part of both doctors and patients. The studies in this book show that many doctors and most patients do not understand the available medical evidence. Both patients and doctors are "risk illiterate"--frequently unable to tell the difference between actual risk and relative risk. Doctors often cannot interpret test results; patients cannot make informed decisions if they are given bad information. Surprisingly, treatments vary widely from one region to another. For example, in one referral region in Iowa, sixty percent of prostate patients had surgery, while in another region only fifteen percent had the same surgery. This unwarranted disparity in treatment decisions is the rule rather than the exception in the United States and Europe. All of this contributes to much wasted spending in health care. The contributors to Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisionsinvestigate the roots of the problem, from the emphasis in medical research on technology and blockbuster drugs to the lack of education for both doctors and patients. They call for a new, more enlightened health care, with better medical education, journals that report study outcomes completely and transparently, and patients in control of their personal medical records, not afraid of statistics but able to use them to make informed decisions about their treatments.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/25/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. He is the author of Calculated Risks, among other books, and the coeditor of Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox and Heuristics and the Law, both published by the MIT Press.

J. A. Muir Gray is director of the National Knowledge Service, Oxford. He is the author of Evidence-Based Healthcare.

The Ernst Str�ngmann Forum
List of Contributors
Health Literacy: Is the Patient the Problem?
Launching the Century of the Patient
When Misinformed Patients Try to Make Informed Health Decisions
Reducing Unwarranted Variation in Clinical Practice by Supporting Clinicians and Patients in Decision Making
Do Patients Want Shared Decision Making and How Is This Measured?
Health Illiteracy: Roots in Research
Health Research Agendas and Funding
Reporting of Research: Are We in for Better Health Care by 2020?
Medical Journals Can Be Less Biased
What Is Needed for Better Health Care: Better Systems, Better Patients or Both?
Health Illiteracy: Spread to the Public
Statistical Illiteracy in Doctors
Statistical Illiteracy in Journalism: Are Its Days Numbered?
Improving Health Care Journalism
Barriers to Health Information and Building Solutions
Health Care 2020
How Can Better Evidence Be Delivered?
The Drug Facts Box: Making Informed Decisions about Prescription Drugs Possible
Reengineering Medical Education
The Chasm between Evidence and Practice: Extent, Causes, and Remedies
The Future of Diagnostics: From Optimizing to Satisficing
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Status Quo and Suggestions to Enhance the Delivery of Independent Medication Information
How Will Health Care Professionals and Patients Work Together in 2020? A Manifesto for Change
Abbreviations
Glossary
Bibliography
Subject Index