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The feasibility and malleability of EBM+

Williamson, Jon (2021) The feasibility and malleability of EBM+. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 36 (2). pp. 191-209. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

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.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Williamson, Jonj.williamson@kent.ac.uk0000-0003-0514-4209
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Causality, Causation, EBM, EBM , Russo-Williamson Thesis, RWT, Evidential pluralism, Medical nihilism
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 14:14
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 14:14
Item ID: 19138
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.21244
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: May 2021
Page Range: pp. 191-209
Volume: 36
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19138

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