The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 23, 2011 - Medical - 248 pages
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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has become a required element of clinical practice, but it is critical for the healthcare community to understand the ongoing controversy surrounding EBM. Seeking to address questions raised by critics, The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine challenges the over dependency of EBM on randomized controlled trials. This book also explores EBM methodology and its relationship with other approaches used in medicine.
  

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Contents

The philosophy of evidencebased medicine
3
What is EBM?
10
What is good evidence for a clinical decision?
24
Do randomization double masking and placebo
31
when do observational studies
39
types of restricted randomization
60
problematic and misleading baseline measures
80
Questioning the methodological superiority of placebo over active
96
more detailed explanation of why the second assay
114
A qualified defence of the EBM stance on mechanistic
122
cases where mechanistic reasoning led to the adoption
154
Moving EBM forward
187
References
193
Index
225
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Jeremy Howick PhD
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford, UK

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