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Making Informed Medical Decisions Where to Look and How to Use What You Find

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ISBN-10: 1565924592

ISBN-13: 9781565924598

Edition: 2000

Authors: Nancy Oster, Lucy Thomas, Darol Joseff, Linda Lamb, Susan M. Love

List price: $17.95
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It's no secret that millions of us are more involved in our own health care decisions--whether we want to be or not. We may be looking for the latest advance that might give us an edge in survival; looking for complementary treatments to help a chronic condition; investigating whether a treatment recommendation is good medicine or cost-cutting; studying to understand what the doctor told us in our allotted ten- minute visit; or trying to understand if a media story or pharmaceutical ad applies to our situation. However, we're starting our search without much context of what we're looking for or understanding of how we might make best use of the array of resources. "Making Informed Medical…    
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 381
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Darol Joseff, M.D., is a Board certified Nephrologist and Internist. He completed his Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and his fellowship and residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Joseff has written numerous articles for medical journals. He is also on the faculty of the University of Southern California Medical School and is active in teaching for the residency programs at Cottage Hospital. Recently, Dr. Joseff was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Resident staff at Cottage Hospital. Dr. Joseff has a private practice specializing in Nephrology in Santa Barbara and is on the medical staff at several…    

Preparing for Research
Reasons to research
Asking your doctor for information
Communicating effectively
Understanding your diagnosis
Prioritizing your research
Identifying your range of options
Getting to know your medical team
Knowing your own interests and limitations
Managing your time and resources
Knowing Your Rights
Your right to participate
Informed consent
Medical records
The pragmatic health consumer
Helping a Friend or Family Member
Talking with the patient
Determining your role
Forming a partnership
Talking with the doctor
Accessing patient records
Medical genealogy
Identifying Information Resources
Range of resources
Medical textbooks
Medical journals, peer-reviewed
Non-reviewed medical journals
Physician guidelines
Consumer health books
Consumer health magazines
Medical newsletters
Pamphlets and booklets
Programs and abstracts
Audiotapes and videotapes
Computer databases and CD-ROMs
News reports
Gaining Access to Information Resources
Government agencies
Professional associations
Nonprofit organizations
Patient resource centers
Medical research centers
Medical product manufacturers
The Internet and electronic subscription services
Effective Search Strategies
Things to consider before you begin
Research tools and scenarios
Ways a librarian can help
Hiring a professional researcher
Understanding Standard Treatment Options
Defining standard treatments
How doctors select and recommend treatments
Your own research
Locating and contacting experts
Reading guidelines that doctors use
Clinical practice guidelines
Clinical pathways
Evidence-based medicine
Standard treatmentschange constantly
Identifying your own comfort level
Researching Clinical Trials
What is a clinical trial?
Who designs a clinical trial and why?
Why research clinical trials?
Are clinical trials safe?
How is a clinical trial structured?
Issues to consider
List of questions to ask about the trial
How to find clinical trials
Drugs and trials overseas
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Defining CAM therapies
Taking a new look at complementary and alternative therapies
Considering an alternative or complementary therapy
Concerns about complementary and alternative treatments
Evaluating complementary and alternative therapies
Talking with your doctor
Expenses and insurance coverage
Where to look for reliable information
Support: Learning from Others
Benefits of social networks
The human perspective
What kind of support do you want?
Personal contacts
Consulting counselors
Accessing spiritual counselors
Support groups
Other healing group activities
Online support groups
Friends for support
Obtaining and giving assistance
Why find support?
Evaluating and Using Statistics
Why you should be familiar with statistics
Misperceptions of risk
Medical tests
How disease rates are measured
Risk calculation
Using statistics to evaluate treatment options
Reading a medical research paper
What statistics can and cannot tell you
Reviewing Information with Your Doctor
Elements of a working relationship
The doctor's role and contribution
Your role and contribution
Preparing for your appointment
Exchanging information with your doctor
Creating a plan of action
Handling potential problems
Making Your Decision
Difficulties of medical decisions
Components of a medical decision
Decision, choice, and responsibility
Arranging for others to carry out your decisions
Patient Questionnaire