The Measures of Medicine: Risks, Benefits and Costs

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Until the publication of the Measures of Medicine, medical statistics has too often been bogged down in its own arcane language. Dr Riegelman in this new book has deliberately set out to make clear an understanding of principles rather than equations. The first part of the book, Benefits and Harms, directly relates to decision making in medical practice. The second part amplifies these discussions into a thorough review of the cost considerations in today's medical world. This is a book that will help the ...
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Overview

Until the publication of the Measures of Medicine, medical statistics has too often been bogged down in its own arcane language. Dr Riegelman in this new book has deliberately set out to make clear an understanding of principles rather than equations. The first part of the book, Benefits and Harms, directly relates to decision making in medical practice. The second part amplifies these discussions into a thorough review of the cost considerations in today's medical world. This is a book that will help the practicing physician understand the larger world of research, practice guidelines, and governmental compliance through the use of problems, worked examples, and free software containing statistical problems
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865422803
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/17/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Guide to the Guidelines
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Decision-Making by the Rules and by the Numbers
Pt. I Benefits and Harms
Ch. 1 Probabilities 3
Ch. 2 Utilities and Timing 37
Ch. 3 Risk-Taking and Risk-Avoiding 57
Ch. 4 Making Choices: Beyond Maximizing Expected Utility 73
Pt. II Benefits, Harms, and Costs
Ch. 5 Cost-Effectiveness 95
Ch. 6 Costs: What Are They Measuring? 109
Ch. 7 Cost-Effectiveness: Can It Help in Choosing Treatment? 119
Ch. 8 Discounting Costs and Effectiveness 141
Ch. 9 Putting Cost-Effectiveness into Practice 147
Suggested Readings 163
Appendix 165
Index 171
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