The virtues of evidence

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (4-5):403-412 (2002)

Abstract
Evidence-based medicine has beendefined as the conscientious and judicious useof current best evidence in making clinicaldecisions. This paper will attempt to explicatethe terms ``conscientious'''' and ``judicious''''within the evidence-based medicine definition.It will be argued that ``conscientious'''' and``judicious'''' represent virtue terms derived fromvirtue ethics and virtue epistemology. Theidentification of explicit virtue components inthe definition and therefore conception ofevidence-based medicine presents an importantstarting point in the connection between virtuetheories and medicine itself. In addition, aunification of virtue theories andevidence-based medicine will illustrate theneed for future research in order to combinethe fields of virtue-based approaches andclinical practice.
Keywords conscientious  evidence  evidence-based medicine  judicious  trading zone  virtue epistemology  virtue ethics
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DOI 10.1023/A:1021217908383
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