“Evidence based medicine misses the “art” of helping humans”

“Although evidence based medicine has reshaped medicine, nursing, and allied health professions into knowledge driven, scientific (sometimes pseudoscientific) professions, it fails to tackle the multifactorial reality of what actually happens to patients—the “art” of helping humans. The science of evidence based medicine is largely reliant on consistent, reproducible conditions, but humans are not consistent, reproducible creatures, be they patients or practitioners.”

– Catherine J Welch


Welch CJ (2017). Evidence based medicine misses the “art” of helping humans. BMJ 2017: 358:j3426.


2 comments for ““Evidence based medicine misses the “art” of helping humans”

  1. Denise Hynd
    September 12, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    It also lacks an understanding of birth physiology in studying labour and birth especially in hospitals!

  2. KQ
    September 16, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Popping this straight into a current assignment – as soon as I stop procrastinating!

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