Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health

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Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health

Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health 2nd edition PDF free download – The popular press tends to be horrified when they learn that a treatment has been withheld from a client for reasons of cost. Managers, politicians and, increasingly, health professionals can count on being pilloried when a child with a rare cancer is not sent to a specialist unit in the United States or a frail elderly woman is denied a drug to stop her visual loss from macular degeneration. Yet, in the real world, all healthcare is provided from a limited budget, and it is increasingly recognised that clinical decisions must take into account the economic costs of a given intervention. Clinical decision making purely on the grounds of cost (‘cost minimisation’ — purchasing the cheapest option with no regard to how effective it is) is generally ethically unjustified, and we are right to object vocally when this occurs. Expensive interventions should not, however, be justified simply because they are new, or because they ought to work in theory, or because the only alternative is to do nothing — but because they are very likely to save life or significantly improve its quality.

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