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A New Epidemic: Harm in Health Care-How to make Rational Decisions about Medical and Surgical Treatment
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Authors: Aage R. Moller (School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Tx.) 
Book Description:
This book discusses how patients can be harmed while being treated for disease and how to select the treatment that provides the greatest benefit to the patient and the least risk of harm. Although American medicine can provide the best care in the world the health care system is often flawed. A part of the population enjoys excellent treatment but to an incredible price and many get harmed in the process. How health care can be improved by decreasing the likelihood of harm to patients and increasing the benefit from treatment is discussed. The book slays some sacred cows, such as the assumption that all medical and surgical procedures are beneficial to patients. Economic aspects of medical health care are discussed and suggestions about how costs of caring for the sick can be reduced at the same time as the quality of care is improved.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: pp. i-xiii

A New Epidemic: Harm in Health Care
How to make rational decisions about medical and surgical treatment
(Aage R. Moller, Univ. of Texas, TX)

Section I - How Can Medical and Surgical Treatment be Harmful? pp. 1-2

Chapter 1 - What Kinds of Harm Can Occur?; pp. 3-6

Chapter 2 - How Often Does Harm Occur in Medical Care?; pp. 7-13

Chapter 3 - Cause of Harm in Medical and Surgical Treatments;
pp. 15-30

Chapter 4 - Harm From Poor Choice of Drugs; pp. 31-37

Chapter 5 - Screening for Diseases and Risk Factors; pp. 39-44

Chapter 6 - Harm From Errors in Judgment; pp. 45-50

Chapter 7 - Harm From Treatments for Other Reasons than Diseases; pp. 51-58


Section II - Management of Risks and Benefits in Health Care

Chapter 8 - Management of Risks and Benefit; pp. 61-91

Chapter 9 - Evaluation Benefits and Harm From Treatment; pp. 93-118

Chapter 10 - Management of Health; pp. 119-134


Section III - How Can Medical and Surgical Treatment be Harmful?

Chapter 11 - How to Reduce the Risk of Harm?; pp. 137-144

Chapter 12 - Selection of Treatment; pp. 145-171

Chapter 13 - Reducing Risks in Surgical Treatment.; pp. 173-184

Chapter 14 - Reducing Risks in Medical Treatment; pp. 185-193

Chapter 15 - Prevention; pp. 195-213


Section IV - How to Reduce the Cost of Medical and Surgcial Care?

Chapter 16 - How to Improve Cost-effectiveness of Healthcare?;
pp. 217-252

Chapter 17 - Is Health Affected by Health Care?; pp. 255-267


Section V - Rules and Ethics in Medicine


Index pp. 269-286

   Series:
      Health Care Issues, Costs and Access
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2007
   Pages: 299
   ISBN: 1-60021-884-9
   Status: AV
  
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