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Ethical aspects of evidence-based clinical medicine


Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Lenk, Christian (2003). Ethical aspects of evidence-based clinical medicine. Zeitschrift fuer Aerztliche Fortbildung und Qualitaetssicherung, 97(10):681-687.

Abstract

The application of Evidence-based Medicine (EbM) in clinical practice is characterised by different expectations shaped by the interests of the various players of the health care system. Ethical analysis of the medical ethicist anticipates such expectations, especially by giving consideration to potential negative outcomes for particular patient groups in order to identify systematic distortions and to avoid discrimination of patients concerning access to medical care. In this context, the adequacy of the basic evaluation criteria of EbM for different health conditions needs to be investigated, too. In addition possible conflicts of interest in practising EbM will have to be discussed openly with patients being involved in this process as well as in the development of evidence-based guidelines.

Abstract

The application of Evidence-based Medicine (EbM) in clinical practice is characterised by different expectations shaped by the interests of the various players of the health care system. Ethical analysis of the medical ethicist anticipates such expectations, especially by giving consideration to potential negative outcomes for particular patient groups in order to identify systematic distortions and to avoid discrimination of patients concerning access to medical care. In this context, the adequacy of the basic evaluation criteria of EbM for different health conditions needs to be investigated, too. In addition possible conflicts of interest in practising EbM will have to be discussed openly with patients being involved in this process as well as in the development of evidence-based guidelines.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Medicine
Language:German
Date:December 2003
Deposited On:27 Apr 2020 11:37
Last Modified:06 May 2020 20:15
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1431-7621
OA Status:Closed
PubMed ID:14997585

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