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The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It
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With health reform enacted by the Congress and signed by the President, the subject matter of The Treatment Trap is a compelling component in the national debate. Taking advantage of Rosemary Gibson's knowledge gleaned from extended experience in the field of medical care and Janardan Singh's similar knowledge but from a financial perspective, the authors explore the most neglected issue in American medicine today: the overuse of medical care, including needless surgery and other invasive procedures, out-of-control x-ray imaging, profligate testing, and other wasteful practices that have become routine among too many American doctors. Their combined reporting and analysis concentrates on the human aspects of this disturbing trend in health care, with personal experiences that reflect poorly on hospitals as well as physicians. They show how money spent for questionable and even useless care is diverting major funds that could be better used to treat patients who are genuinely sick and sometimes cannot afford the extravagant charges of the American health-care system. Their suggestions for reforming the delivery of health care, and their cautions to individual consumers about how to deal with situations they may encounter, make The Treatment Trap essential reading for medical care consumers, health-care professionals, and policymakers alike.

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      • content: Through a series of compelling stories in their readable book, Gibson and Singh show the effect of too much doctoring, including some stories that show assertive patients rejecting treatments they believed to be unnecessary.
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      • source: Oncology Times
      • content: The Treatment Trap is beautifully written—clear and direct, filled with facts bookended by stories of people caught and harmed by the system and the doctors they had trusted completely....The Treatment Trap is the canary in the mine for the medical profession.
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      • content: The Treatment Trap" is co-authored by Rosemary Gibson, who long worked at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health-care quality and safety issues, and by Janardan Prad Singh, an economist at the World Bank whose previous work has concentrated on the same area. Together, they have produced a well-told, well-researched catalog of horrors about people killed and maimed by tests and operations they didn't need.Theirs is not the first popular account of the dangers of over-treatment, but it updates a story that cannot be told often enough, and in a way that can serve as a useful consumer guide to anyone contemplating a course of treatment. Good to know, for example, that one-third of all heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary or that there is virtually no evidence to support surgery for back pain. The authors are particularly effective in pointing out that much going on in the name of prevention and diagnosis is wasteful or harmful. ....The secrets we keep in health care, whether it's the results of drug company tests that failed or all the data contained in lost and scattered paper medical records, come at a great cost to medical progress.
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      • content: Consumer oriented and clearly written, this should prove useful as people increasingly take a more critical look at what health-care providers recommend.
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      • content: Here's a book that might do more than health reform to get readers to question doctors' recommendations for medical procedures. Gibson and Singh, who together broached the subject earlier in Wall of Silence, offer tales of patients who have been horrifically—sometimes fatally—ill-advised by doctors to have unnecessary medical procedures with unexpected complications. One man went for knee replacement surgery to ease his aching legs and died of a heart attack; a fireman was subjected to unnecessary heart bypass surgery; and a South Carolina teen died from complications of an unsafe but slickly marketed new procedure for a mild case of a condition called funnel chest. These cases are numerous and shocking. The solutions are less obvious. The authors cite experts who say the problem is systemic—doctors get paid for procedures—but suggest that patients can protect themselves by becoming informed consumers. These warnings are a welcome guide in a...
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        Here’s a book that might do more than health reform to get readers to question doctors’ recommendations for medical procedures. Gibson and Singh, who together broached the subject earlier in Wall of Silence
        , offer tales of patients who have been horrifically—sometimes fatally—ill-advised by doctors to have unnecessary medical procedures with unexpected complications. One man went for knee replacement surgery to ease his aching legs and died of a heart attack; a fireman was subjected to unnecessary heart bypass surgery; and a South Carolina teen died from complications of an unsafe but slickly marketed new procedure for a mild case of a condition called funnel chest. These cases are numerous and shocking. The solutions are less obvious. The authors cite experts who say the problem is systemic—doctors get paid for procedures—but suggest that patients can protect themselves by becoming informed consumers. The authors offer no roadmap through the maze of medical decision making, but these warnings are a welcome guide in a process that too often depends on a patient’s leap of faith.

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        Gibson and Singh (coauthors, "Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions") take aim concisely at a problem they believe threatens the health-care system no matter what form it may take. Citing both scholarly studies and anecdotal evidence, they describe a world of excessive testing and treatment too often based on little or no evidence and driven by the scramble for profits. At the root of much of this is the fee-for-service system, which pays physicians and hospitals for quantity over quality and efficiency. The victims are patients, who may find themselves dangerously overtreated, as well as everyone who in one way or another pays for the unnecessary testing and treatment, expensive new equipment, and drugs. The authors include a list of tips to avoid overtreatment and broader suggestions for changing the system. VERDICT Consumer oriented and clearly written, this should prove useful as people increasingly take a more critical look at what health-care providers recommend.Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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