Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions

Envisioning Health Care 2020

by Gerd Gigerenzer, J.A. Muir Gray, Gerd Gigerenzer, J.A. Muir Gray, Wolfgang Gaissmaier, Albert G. Mulley Jr., John E. Wennberg, Martin Härter, Daniela Simon, David E. Nelson, Holger Schünemann, Davina Ghersi, Julia Kreis, Gerd Antes, Jean Bousquet, Markus A. Feufel, Johann Steurer, Marjukka Mäkelä, Jay Schulkin, Claudia Wild, Odette Wegwarth, Bruce Bower, Holger Wormer, Talya Miron-Shatz, Ingrid Mühlhauser, Michael Diefenbach, Ben Goldacre, Richard S. W. Smith, David Spiegelhalter, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Hilda Bastian, Angela Coulter, Glyn Elwyn, Günther Jonitz, David Klemperer, Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, Steven Woloshin, Lisa M. Schwartz, David A. Davis, Henry Brighton, Gisela Schott, Ralph Hertwig, Heather Buchan, Kai Kolpatzik, France Légaré, Norbert Schmacke

Series: Strüngmann Forum Reports (No. 6)

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  • 0262298082
  • 9780262016032
  • 9780262298087

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.

  • The MIT Press; March 2011
  • ISBN: 9780262298087
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  • Title: Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions
  • Series: Strüngmann Forum Reports (No. 6)
  • Author: Gerd Gigerenzer (ed.); J.A. Muir Gray (ed.); Gerd Gigerenzer (contrib.); J.A. Muir Gray (contrib.); Wolfgang Gaissmaier (contrib.); Albert G. Mulley Jr. (contrib.); John E. Wennberg (contrib.); Martin Härter (contrib.); Daniela Simon (contrib.); David E. Nelson (contrib.); Holger Schünemann (contrib.); Davina Ghersi (contrib.); Julia Kreis (contrib.); Gerd Antes (contrib.); Jean Bousquet (contrib.); Markus A. Feufel (contrib.); Johann Steurer (contrib.); Marjukka Mäkelä (contrib.); Jay Schulkin (contrib.); Claudia Wild (contrib.); Odette Wegwarth (contrib.); Bruce Bower (contrib.); Holger Wormer (contrib.); Talya Miron-Shatz (contrib.); Ingrid Mühlhauser (contrib.); Michael Diefenbach (contrib.); Ben Goldacre (contrib.); Richard S. W. Smith (contrib.); David Spiegelhalter (contrib.); Norbert Donner-Banzhoff (contrib.); Hilda Bastian (contrib.); Angela Coulter (contrib.); Glyn Elwyn (contrib.); Günther Jonitz (contrib.); David Klemperer (contrib.); Wolf-Dieter Ludwig (contrib.); Steven Woloshin (contrib.); Lisa M. Schwartz (contrib.); David A. Davis (contrib.); Henry Brighton (contrib.); Gisela Schott (contrib.); Ralph Hertwig (contrib.); Heather Buchan (contrib.); Kai Kolpatzik (contrib.); France Légaré (contrib.); Norbert Schmacke (contrib.)
  • Imprint: The MIT Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0262298082
  • 9780262016032
  • 9780262298087