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Title Smart health choices : making sense of health advice / Les Irwig [and others]
Published London : Hammersmith Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (1 PDF file (xii, 242 pages : illustrations))
Contents Health advice can be harmful -- This book could save your life -- Be sceptical -- Bad evidence -- Don't always rely on experts -- Your body, your choice -- Smart health choice essentials -- Choosing a practitioner or hospital -- Stories and studies -- An education in shopping -- The weakness of one -- The power of many -- Evaluating the evidence -- Judging what tests and treatments really work -- What makes you sick? -- Improving your healthcare -- Finding the best evidence -- Doing your bit -- How to apply the evidence to you and your situation -- Testing your skill -- Making sense of health advice -- Is this a useful diagnostic test? -- Relative risk, relative and absolute risk, number needed to treat and confidence intervals -- Useful sources of health advice
Summary This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice - and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Ttle from PDF title page (viewed Jan. 25, 2012)
Subject Consumer Health Information.
Decision Making.
Health Behavior.
Genre/Form Popular Work.
Form Electronic book
Author Irwig, Les.
ISBN 1905140177