Testing Times

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen
Bedford Road
Aberdeen
AB24 3AA

Professor Craig Ramsay from the Health Services Research Unit at University of Aberdeen discusses the history behind the 'fair testing' of medical treatments.

New health treatments and medicines are "scientifically proven using tests", but this is not new, in fact it is ancient.

We test new medicines and treatments to see if they work. Surely, such tests are always “fair” in health care? Unfortunately, even with the best intentions for people, there are many examples of new and old treatment decisions that were not informed by reliable evidence about what works. This results in harm. The question is can we ensure a fair test of new treatments to reduce this uncertainty?

Professor Craig Ramsay from the Health Services Research Unit at University of Aberdeen will talk about the history of a “fair test” from ancient Greece, via the 17th Century to the present day in Aberdeen. He will showcase some of the fair tests from the North East that have changed your NHS experience, and illustrate that it can take a long time and many patients and public to get to an answer.

Admission is FREE, Booking required via Eventbrite.

  • Dates & Booking

    Apr. 25, 2019 6:00pm

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