Evidence-based medicine from a social science perspective

Stevens, Hallam (2018) Evidence-based medicine from a social science perspective. Australian Journal of General Practice, 47 (12). pp. 889-892.

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Background: Since the emergence of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in the 1980s, social scientists – including historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and philosophers – have attempted to reckon with the movement’s origins, implications and consequences.

Objective: This paper reviews the social science literature related to EBM and attempts to draw some conclusions for the future improvement of EBM.

Discussion: The paper divides the discussion of evidence-based into three critiques: the ‘statistics’ critique, the ‘cookbook’ critique and the ‘neo-liberal’ critique. Incorporating social sciences approaches into clinical education and clinical research will be critical to the future development and success of EBM.

Item ID: 73179
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Keywords: evidence based medicine
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2018.
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2022 01:38
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441007 Sociology and social studies of science and technology @ 80%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200205 Health policy evaluation @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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