Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare by Imogen Evans

By Imogen Evans

How will we understand no matter if a selected drug, remedy or operation quite works, and the way good? How trustworthy is the facts? Are scientific trials really impartial? And is present study enthusiastic about the true wishes of sufferers? Such well timed and urgent questions are raised and addressed during this probing inquiry into smooth scientific learn, with far-reaching implications for day-by-day scientific perform and sufferer care. aimed toward either sufferers and execs, "Testing remedies" builds a full of life and idea frightening argument for greater, extra trustworthy, extra proper study, with impartial or 'fair' trials, and explains how sufferers can paintings with medical professionals to accomplish this very important objective.

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