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What Counts as 'What Works': Expertise, Mechanisms and Values in Evidence-Based Medicine

WIETEN, SARAH,ELIZABETH (2018) What Counts as 'What Works': Expertise, Mechanisms and Values in Evidence-Based Medicine. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



My doctoral project is a study of epistemological and ethical issues in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), a movement in medicine which emphasizes the use of randomized controlled trials. Much of the research on EBM suggests that, for a large part of the movement's history, EBM considered expertise, mechanisms, and values to be forces contrary to its goals and has sought to remove them, both from medical research and from the clinical encounter. I argue, however, that expertise, mechanisms and values have important epistemological and ethical roles to play and can be incorporated into the current EBM movement.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:EBM, values, mechanisms, philosophy of medicine, expertise, evidence
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Philosophy, Department of
Thesis Date:2018
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 May 2018 15:02

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