Reasonableness, credibility, and clinical disagreement

Mary Jean Walker, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

Evidence in medicine can come from more or less trustworthy sources and be produced by more or less reliable methods, and its interpretation can be disputed. As such, it can be unclear when disagreements in medicine result from different, but reasonable, interpretations of the available evidence and when they result from unreasonable refusals to consider legitimate evidence. In this article, we seek to show how assessments of the relevance and implications of evidence are typically affected by factors beyond that evidence itself, such as our beliefs about the credibility of the speaker or source of the evidence. In evaluating evidence, there is thus a need for reflective awareness about why we accept or dismiss particular claims.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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