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The social and cultural shaping of medical evidence: case studies from pharmaceutical research and obstetric science.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16376471     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Most critiques of evidence-based medicine (EBM) focus on the scientific shortcomings of the technique. Social scientists are more likely to criticize EBM for it ideological biases, a criticism that makes sociological sense but is difficult to substantiate. Using data from our studies of (1) the influence of pharmaceutical companies on the conduct and reporting of clinical trials, and (2) obstetric science in the Netherlands (where nearly one-third of births occur at home) we show how the evidence of evidence-based medicine is shaped by forces both structural and cultural. The threats to objective evidence are many, and, if EBM is to be true to its own principles, it must take these threats into account.
Authors:
Raymond De Vries; Trudo Lemmens
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-28     Completed Date:  2006-11-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2694-706     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. rdevries@umich.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Bias (Epidemiology)
Biomedical Research
Culture*
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Humans
Netherlands
Obstetrics*
Pharmaceutical Preparations*
Sociology, Medical*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K01AT000054-01/AT/NCCAM NIH HHS; TW01954/TW/FIC NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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