Evidence-based medicine

Authored by: Robyn Bluhm , Kirstin Borgerson

The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138932654
eBook ISBN: 9781315679099
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679099-11

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Abstract

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has become the dominant epistemology of medicine in the past couple of decades. This chapter surveys its basic tenets, as well as criticisms that have been levied against EBM by physicians and by philosophers. Topics include EBM’s approach to ranking evidence from different kinds of clinical research; questions about the extent to which such evidence can best be used in patient care; and social influences on how evidence is produced and used.

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