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Broad medical uncertainty and the ethical obligation for openness

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This paper argues that there exists a collective epistemic state of ‘Broad Medical Uncertainty’ (BMU) regarding the effectiveness of many medical interventions. We outline the features of BMU, and describe some of the main contributing factors. These include flaws in medical research methodologies, bias in publication practices, financial and other conflicts of interest, and features of how evidence is translated into practice. These result in a significant degree of uncertainty regarding the...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s11229-022-03666-2

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Synthese Journal website
Volume:
200
Article number:
121
Publication date:
2022-04-10
Acceptance date:
2022-03-17
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1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
Language:
English
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1246204
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pubs:1246204
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2022-03-17

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