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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 (Strüngmann Forum Reports Book 6) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Health care needs an overarching goal that is shared by all stakeholders, and the onethat is emerging is improvement of the value of care from the patients' perspective. This collectionof papers from international experts explores the wide range of work that lies ahead, alwaysthoughtfully and often brilliantly.--Thomas H. Lee , Network President, PartnersHealthcare System, BostonThe MIT PressThis impressive series of position pieces is excellent and essential reading for allthose seeking to promote patient involvement and improve patient experiences of health care. Itbrings together leading thinkers, planners, and implementers in the field, and as one would expectfrom the title is genuinely visionary--challenging patients, clinicians, policy-makers, andjournalists to adapt to a rapidly changing world and ways of doing health care.--Adrian G.K. Edwards , Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, CardiffUniversityThe MIT Press

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How eliminating “risk illiteracy” among doctors and patients will lead to better health care decision making.

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. Further, 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 Decisions investigate 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4368 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (25 March 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QT3M7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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