Category Archives: Books

Free EBM ebooks

Three free e-books for citizens who like to prevent unnecessary interventions in Clinical Medicine and Public Health:

  • Testing Treatments
  • Smart Health Choices: making sense of health advice
  • Know Your Chances


Ensuring value for money in health care

Ensuring value for money in health care: The role of health technology assessment in the European Union

Corinna Sorenson is a Research Officer at LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Policy.
Michael Drummond is Professor of Health Economics at the University of York, Centre for Health Economics.
Panos Kanavos is Senior Lecturer in International Health Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Merck Fellow in Pharmaceutical Economics at LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science.

World Health Organization on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 2008

Available online as PDF file [179p.] at:


“….This book provides a detailed review of the role of health technology assessment (HTA) in the European Union. It examines related methodological and process issues in the prioritization and financing of modern health care, and presents extensive case studies on the situation in Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

A number of issues are examined and there is a particular emphasis on the responsibility and membership of HTA bodies, assessment procedures and methods, the application of HTA evidence to decision-making, and the dissemination and implementation of findings. The book aims to highlight ways in which the HTA process in Europe could be improved by examining key challenges and identifying potential opportunities to support value and innovation in health care. …”

Preventing Medication Errors.

Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series.
Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors, Aspden P, Wolcott J, Bootman JL, Cronenwett LR, eds. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2007.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sponsored this study with the Institute of Medicine with the aim of developing a national agenda for reducing medication errors based on estimates of incidences of such errors and evidence of the efficacy of various prevention strategies. The study focused on the safe, effective and appropriate use of medications in the major components of the medication use system, addressing the use of prescription drugs, OTC drugs, and complemtary and alternative medications in a wide range of care settings – hospital, long-term, and community. The study identified enourmous gaps in the knowledge base and suggests strategies to address these gaps.