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Research gaps in the philosophy of evidence-based medicine
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2173-4954
Florida Atlantic University.
University of Oxford.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0280-7206
2016 (English)In: Philosophy Compass, ISSN 1747-9991, E-ISSN 1747-9991, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Increasing philosophical attention is being directed to the rapidly growing discipline of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Philosophical discussions of EBM, however, remain narrowly focused on randomization, mechanisms, and the sociology of EBM. Other aspects of EBM have been all but ignored, including (a) the nature of clinical reasoning and the question of whether it can be standardized; (b) the application of EBM principles to the logic, value, and ethics of diagnosis and prognosis; (c) evidence synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analyses); and (d) the nature and ethics of placebo controls. Philosophical analysis in each of these areas has the potential to enhance the discussion of EBM methodology and practice. 

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John Wiley & Sons, 2016. 1-15 p.
Keyword [en]
Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine, Medical Epistemology, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Clinical Trials, Mechanisms, Medical Technology, Placebo, Systematic Reviews
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Philosophy Clinical Medicine Medical Biotechnology Health Sciences
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Philosophy; Medical Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192005DOI: 10.1111/phc3_12352OAI: diva2:957782
EU, European Research Council, 639276

QC 20160923

Available from: 2016-09-05 Created: 2016-09-05 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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