[Patient preferences versus evidence-based medicine: did the pioneers of evidence-based medicine take the patient's preferences into account?]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 160, (2016), article D24
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
A patient's values and preferences are one of the three 'pillars' of evidence-based medicine (EBM). How can we explain that this one pillar has hardly been elaborated in the EBM-literature?? Were the EBM pioneers really committed to the patient's preferences, were they not ready yet, or were they not committed at all? In key international EBM publications dated between 1985 and 2000, we only found sympathetic, yet vague, statements lacking concrete content. In the Netherlands, a Health Council report set the tone with a sense of fear for 'consumer medicine'. In addition to an overly optimistic view of the past, in 2014 Greenhalgh sketched a vision of the future of EBM in which the sympathetic comments about patient preferences are finally made concrete. The EBM movement has already successfully adapted to social developments in the past; therefore, there is reason for optimism.
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