Ethics and Evidence-Based Medicine: Is There a Conflict?

Erich H. Loewy, MD

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Abstract

This article addresses the advantages, disadvantages, and traps to which evidence-based medicine (EBM) may lead and suggests that, to be ethically valid, EBM must be aimed at the patient's best interests and not at the financial interests of others. While financial considerations are by no means trivial, it is hypocritical -- if not dangerous -- to hide them behind words like "evidence" or "quality."

 

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