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Gold Standard : Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care

Gold Standard : Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592131884

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ISBN13: 978-1592131884
ISBN10: 1592131883
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Temple University Press
Published: 2003
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Gold Standard : Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592131884

Stefan Timmermans and Marc Berg

ISBN13: 978-1592131884
ISBN10: 1592131883
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Temple University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Few things make people react more strongly to the changes going on in health care than the word standardization. Critics shudder at the mindless sameness of standards, while supporters dream of a world in which standardized "best practices" open up a world of efficient health care delivery. The Gold Standard takes up this debate to investigate the real meaning of standardization and how it affects patients, doctors, and the institution of medicine.

Showing that standards are not about less or more skills, or more or less uniformity, but rather about a redefinition of autonomy, patients, and relationships, Timmermans and Berg show instead that they are about creating new worlds of medical treatment. Cutting through the hype and fears, the authors show where the true powers of standardization lie. The Gold Standard will become a classic for students of medicine and health care policy, and will be a welcome book for anyone concerned with the future of our system of care.

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