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Understanding medical information : a user's guide to informatics and decision making
Jordan, Theresa J.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division, [2002]

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xvi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Ch. 1. The continuing revolution in medicine -- Ch. 2. The nature of medical reasoning and the limits of medical information -- Ch. 3. The realms of medical research -- Ch. 4. Generating diagnoses -- Ch. 5. Assessing the health of populations -- Ch. 6. Making treatment decisions and prognostic judgments -- Ch. 7. Medical information in cyberspace -- Ch. 8. Artificial intelligence in medical informatics.
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Shows you how to access the vast and rapidly expanding array of medical information available and how to critically evaluate it. This work explains the major types of medical research. It describes the role of statistics in evaluating medical studies. It also shows how physicians make decisions under conditions of uncertainty.

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One result of the information explosion is the increasing pressure for what is called evidence-based medicine. In order to make clinical decisions, public health policies, or individual choices that qualify as evidence-based, contemporary professionals must be able both to access and to understand medical information. The purpose of this book is to gather under one cover, perhaps for the first time, the most important components necessary for understanding medical information, so that readers might find a door into a rather elusive "meta-field" that crosses many disciplines and borrows many sophisticated tools. Jordan (New York Univ.; New Jersey Medical School) intends it for use either as a primary or ancillary text in both preprofessional and continuing education courses, as well as a resource for anyone who seeks to be better equipped with the concepts that make medical information more accessible and digestible. The material is not intended to serve the role of a traditional research design text, a how-to manual for computer applications, or a comprehensive user's guide to the Internet. Recommended for students of medicine, nursing, and the health-related professions. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; two-year technical program students. J. M. Howe AIDS Information Center, VA Headquarters (DC)

Table of Contents

1 The Continuing Revolution in Medicine
2 The Nature of Medical Reasoning And the Limits Of Medical Information
3 The Realms Of Medical Research
4 Generating Diagnoses
5 Assessing The Health Of Populations
6 Making Treatment Decisions And Prognostic Judgments
7 Medical Information In Cyperspace
8 Artificial Intelligence In Medical Informatics