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The Politics of Evidence-Based Medicine in the United Kingdom

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  • 1 Reader in Health Policy and Politics, Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds, UK
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Evidence-based medicine, the doctrine that professional clinical practice should be based on sound research evidence about the effectiveness of the procedures used, is now official policy for the National Health Service. Despite its obvious common-sense and political appeal, the policy seems to be based on a number of questionable assumptions about implementation, political popularity and scientific consensus, yet accords in general terms with contemporary developments in modes of controlling organisations.

  • 1 Reader in Health Policy and Politics, Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds, UK

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