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Lost in translation: bibliotherapy and evidence-based medicine.
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PMID:  18074207     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evidence-based medicine's (EBM) quantitative methodologies reflect medical science's long-standing mistrust of the imprecision and subjectivity of ordinary descriptive language. However, EBM's attempts to replace subjectivity with precise empirical methods are problematic when clinicians must negotiate between scientific medicine and patients' experience. This problem is evident in the case of bibliotherapy (patient reading as treatment modality), a practice widespread despite its reliance on anecdotal evidence. While EBM purports to replace such flawed practice with reliable evidence-based methods, this essay argues that its aversion to subjective language prevents EBM from effectively evaluating bibliotherapy or making it amenable to clinical and research governance.
Deborah Dysart-Gale
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medical humanities     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1041-3545     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Humanit     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-21     Completed Date:  2008-03-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917478     Medline TA:  J Med Humanit     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
General Studies Unit, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
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Evidence-Based Medicine*
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