"Evidence-Debased Medicine" and the Integrity of the Medical Profession
Elliott, Richard L
The Journal of clinical ethics 2011 Spring; 22(1): 71-3
Patients trust physicians to prescribe based on their fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of their patients, and physicians prescribe based on confidence in research data and clinical guidelines. Recent reports erode confidence in evidence-based medicine. Through self-regulation and a willingness to change, the medical profession can assert its status as a profession distinct from outside influence, serving one interest: the healthcare of patients and the public.
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