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Patient-Centered Guides

March 2001

Medical Librarian's Book Cuts Through Healthcare Information Glut

Librarian Lucy Thomas Joined by Internet Expert and Nephrologist Co-authors in Creating First Consumer Guide for Health Information Seekers

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- With managed care's incentivizing doctors to move patients quickly through the healthcare system, increasingly patients and their families have to rely upon their skills as researchers to garner the information necessary to understand their illnesses or conditions. Lucy Thomas, a director of the Reeves Medical Library, Internet research expert Nancy Oster, and nephrologist Darol Joseff, MD, joined forces to write Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where to Look and How to Use What You Find, a 364-page book that has been published by Patient-Centered Guides. World-renowned breast cancer activist, Dr. Susan Love, wrote the book's foreword.

For family researchers, Making Informed Medical Decisions provides invaluable advice on undertaking effective search strategies, weighing relative risks and other statistics, evaluating sources, reading and understanding journal articles, and researching for loved ones. Appendix A, "Patient Questionnaire," is designed to help the patient, the research librarian, and friend or family member offering research assistance identify research goals and guidelines.

The book also includes an extensive list of resources, including health organizations, websites, information on finding clinical trials, and a 16-page glossary.

The three authors bring different perspectives and strengths to the book. Darol Joseff, a physician, sees medicine through the eyes of a direct provider in an era of major changes in the healthcare system. Nancy Oster, a medical writer and founder of a breast health resource center, sees medical information from the perspective of a patient advocate. Lucy Thomas, a medical librarian, sees medicine from the point of view of an information professional supporting both providers and consumers.

Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where to Look and How to Use What You Find
By Nancy Oster, Lucy Thomas & Darol Joseff, M.D.
$17.95, 364 pages, paperback
ISBN 1-56592-459-2

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We publish books that contain clear, concise, easy to understand information about the medical, practical and emotional aspects of health issues. Our authors are experts in specific conditions and diseases and are the driving forces behind building strong and networked communities of patients, families and caregivers.

In addition to our books, we publish information on the web. Our site is an extension of our mission to empower individuals to become informed health-conscious consumers.

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