By S. Nassir Ghaemi

ISBN-10: 052170958X

ISBN-13: 9780521709583

There's a professor of psychiatry in the market who does a greater activity than Nassir Ghaemi in transmitting his knowledge on to you - yet in two decades i have never came across one. i've got learn the authors examine papers for years. As an editor, I turned accustomed to his e-book "The innovations of Psychiatry" as I thought of the philosophical features of the sphere. His writing is usually transparent and his considering constantly brilliant.

In this short quantity on records and epidemiology his ancient and unique observations and outlines of contemporary suggestions is well worth the expense of buy by myself. an excellent instance is his bankruptcy on meta-analysis. He reminds the reader why this statistical approach used to be invented within the first position and is going directly to speak about major boundaries, major old evaluations, and the place the strategy will help. His evaluations are good concept in and out a number of short pages he touches on concerns that appear to be infrequently mentioned within the literature. this can be a tremendous bankruptcy for a doctor to learn in the course of a time whilst progressively more meta-analyses are thought of the gospel and prove as entrance web page truths.

He additionally offers a "defense and feedback" of facts established drugs. He offers a philosophical context for the dialogue and reminds us of "the cult of the Swan-Ganz catheter". someone who was once an intern or resident in extensive care settings within the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties can bear in mind the common use of this equipment regardless of the shortcoming of facts in randomized medical trials (RCTs). It turned the normal of care regardless of the shortcoming of proof. He will pay homage to Feinstein his unique observations that the facts for evidence-based medication is going past RCTs.

The ultimate chapters are concise discussions of information and epidemiology yet they're something yet dry. An instance will be his dialogue of impression estimation and the quantity had to deal with or NNT strategy he describes the calculation and its merits. He is going directly to describe the that means of specific numbers and likewise why the context is critical. He makes use of a well timed instance of the problem of antidepressants and whether they result in suicidality.

This booklet succeeds as a quantity which may speedily carry the clinician and researcher in control on most modern themes in information and epidemiology in drugs. it isn't a booklet that reports mathematical thought. It doesn't offer exhaustive calculations and examples. it's written for clinicians. it's a publication which could offer a foundation for dialogue and seminars during this box for complex citizens utilizing many of the author's references or fresh literature searches to examine particular innovations. it might even be built right into a even more complete textual content at the topic. Dr. Ghaemi brings a really particular perspective to the subject material and he has produced a really readable ebook that I hugely recommend.

George Dawson, MD

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This obviously is nowhere near the number of repetitions that is required to equalize the two groups on most possible confounding factors. In the case of crossover studies, patients can, in a sense, serve as their own controls, as they are switched successively 24 Chapter 5: Randomization to drug versus placebo. , four patients get drug versus five patients who get placebo, without any further changes). But even with the crossover component, a study of this size is somewhat of a glorified observational study, and thus benefit with the drug would only be somewhat more impressive than in an observational report.

On a secondary outcome, or a post-hoc analysis, even though the primary outcome might be relatively unbiased, see Chapter 8). , 2003). 005). The abstract concludes: “Treatment with fluoxetine or nortriptyline for 12 weeks during the first 6 months post stroke significantly increased the survival of both depressed and nondepressed patients. ” Now this is quite a claim: if you have a stroke and are depressed, only three months of treatment with antidepressants will keep you alive longer for up to a decade.

Their results simply have to stand on their own, as neither valid nor invalid, and as potentially meaningful, but equally potentially meaningless. Two clinical examples of small RCTs Here is an example of a small RCT that is possibly useful, but equally possibly meaningless. , 2006). They gave citalopram by itself (without mood stabilizers) versus placebo to nine patients for 3 months; then those who had received one arm of treatment were switched to the other treatment for 3 months; then they were switched back again to the original treatment for another 3 months.

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