Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Bad Pharma - procurement book review
However, the book, like Goldacre's earlier 'Bad Science', should also be on the reading list of anyone undertaking research or involved in the peer review process. I have no doubt that rigour, reliability and validity in research would be improved. A good thing all round.
On the downside
I think it may take you some time to have the same level of confidence in the medical advice you receive and read about (NB Goldacre is actually a GP!). Is that a good thing? Yes, as ultimately public money will not be wasted and, you and your loved ones may avoid inappropriate or even detrimental remedies. Snake-oil salesmen do not appear to a thing relegated to the past
Almost as the book is closing there is a very brief discussion on how the book is relevant to GP Commissioning - yes, there is a greater justification of the need for specialist procurement involvement, expertise and nous.
So, with Christmas round the corner, 448 pages of reading and plenty of reduced book prices at the present, this is something worth spending a few extra minutes thumbing through, in sight of your loved ones, in your local bookshop.