The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine: current state and future directions
Professor Alexander Bird, Faculty of Philosophy • Dr Jeremy Howick, Nuffield Dept. of Primary Care Health Sciences
Tuesday, 01 December 2015, 4.30pm to 6pm
Hovenden Room, All Souls College, Oxford
By all accounts EBM is a dominant paradigm within medicine, and it has spread to other disciplines as well. Paradoxically, evidence (as defined by the EBM movement) for the health benefits of EBM has proven elusive. In this session we examine the reasons for the failure of EBM to justify itself and discuss future directions for the future of the Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine.
Core reading: Every-Palmer S, Howick J (2014). How Evidence-Based Medicine is failing due to
biased trials and selective publication. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 20(6): 908-14.
Part of the Topics in the Philosophy of Medicine seminar series:
We will explore topics that are both philosophically interesting, and also relevant to medical research or practice, and the core readings draw on the philosophical as well as the medical literature. We begin with some background linking general epistemological concepts with current topics in philosophy of medicine. We then move on to examine the specific problems of the epistemological role of randomization, causal inference in clinical trials, the role of mechanisms as evidence, the epistemological (and ethical) role of placebo controls, and whether Evidence-Based Medicine as a movement is justified.
No booking required.
For enquires contact Jeremy Howick.