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The feasibility and malleability of EBM+

Williamson, Jon (2020) The feasibility and malleability of EBM+. Theoria, . ISSN 0495-4548. E-ISSN 2171-679X. (doi:10.1387/theoria.21244) (KAR id:80855)

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The EBM+ programme is an attempt to improve the way in which present-day evidence-based medicine (EBM) assesses causal claims: according to EBM+, mechanistic studies should be scrutinised alongside association studies. This paper addresses two worries about EBM+: (i) that it is not feasible in practice, and (ii) that it is too malleable, i.e., its results depend on subjective choices that need to be made in order to implement the procedure. Several responses to these two worries are considered and evaluated. The paper also discusses the question of whether we should have confidence in medical interventions, in the light of Stegenga's arguments for medical nihilism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1387/theoria.21244
Uncontrolled keywords: Causality; Causation; EBM; EBM+; Russo-Williamson Thesis; RWT; Evidential pluralism; Medical nihilism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Jon Williamson
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 17:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:12 UTC
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