The feasibility and malleability of EBM+



Published 09-04-2020
Jon Williamson


The EBM+ programme is an attempt to improve the way in which present-day evidence-based medicine (EBM) assesses causal claims: according to EBM+, mechanistic studies should be scrutinised alongside association studies. This paper addresses two worries about EBM+: (i) that it is not feasible in practice, and (ii) that it is too malleable, i.e., its results depend on subjective choices that need to be made in order to implement the procedure. Several responses to these two worries are considered and evaluated. The paper also discusses the question of whether we should have confidence in medical interventions, in the light of Stegenga's arguments for medical nihilism.

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Williamson, J. (2020). The feasibility and malleability of EBM+. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 36(2), 191–209.
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Causality, Causation, EBM, EBM , Russo-Williamson Thesis, RWT, Evidential pluralism, Medical nihilism