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Evidence-Based Medicine: Best Practice or Restrictive Dogma.


Evidence-Based Medicine: Best Practice or Restrictive Dogma

Desmond J. Sheridan

Imperial College Press


218 pages




Arguing that it should be one of several important values in medicine and not an overriding framework, the author details the origins and reasons for the rise in evidence-based medicine, its positive and negative impact on clinical medicine and medical science, and its alignment with events in health service delivery and the funding of medical research. The author also describes criticisms of concepts advocated by the evidence-based medicine movement, why clinicians and philosophers objected to its idea of a hierarchy of evidence and its over-simplification of the nature of evidence, how its principles oppose values in caring for individual patients and contribute to problems in healthcare management, why the rise of evidence-based medicine occurred along with a decline in clinical science in the UK, and how the comparative research comprising its basis replaced clinical science, with harmful consequences. Distributed by World Scientific. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jun 1, 2016
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