Expert opinion and evidence

“The distinction between expert evidence and expert opinion is similar to the distinction between the results of a research study and the authors’ conclusions, which include interpretation of the results. If an expert offers an opinion (a conclusion) and does not clearly describe the basis for that opinion — that is, the supporting evidence — it is not possible to know what the evidence is or how trustworthy the opinion is.”

– Schünemann Holger et al (2019)

Schünemann Holger J, Zhang Yuqing, Oxman Andrew D. Distinguishing opinion from evidence in guidelines

 

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