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Vinayak K. Prasad

Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives

Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives

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Why medicine adopts ineffective or harmful medical practices only to abandon them--sometimes too late.

Medications such as Vioxx and procedures such as vertebroplasty for back pain are among the medical advances that turned out to be dangerous or useless. What Dr. Vinayak K. Prasad and Dr. Adam S. Cifu call medical reversal happens when doctors start using a medication, procedure, or diagnostic tool without a robust evidence base--and then stop using it when it is found not to help, or even to harm, patients.

In Ending Medical Reversal, Drs. Prasad and Cifu narrate fascinating stories from every corner of medicine to explore why medical reversals occur, how they are harmful, and what can be done to avoid them. They explore the difference between medical innovations that improve care and those that only appear to be promising. They also outline a comprehensive plan to reform medical education, research funding and protocols, and the process for approving new drugs that will ensure that more of what gets done in doctors' offices and hospitals is truly effective.

Author: Vinayak K. Prasad, Adam S. Cifu
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 05/14/2019
Pages: 280
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781421429045

About the Author

Vinayak K. Prasad, MD, MPH, is a practicing hematologist-oncologist and internal medicine physician. He is an associate professor of medicine and public health at Oregon Health & Science University. Adam S. Cifu, MD, is a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a practicing general internist, medical educator, and the coauthor of Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide.

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