To the Editor: Comments made by Parker et al1 in response to Leeder and Rychetnik's article on evidence-based medicine (EBM)2 do not reflect the reality of the dilemmas clinicians face in practice — arguably, because of political misuse of the concept of EBM, which Leeder and Rychetnik warned against.
- 1. Parker MH, Del Mar CB, Glasziou PP. Ethics and evidence-based medicine [letter]. Med J Aust 2001; 176: 138. <eMJA full text>
- 2. Leeder SR, Rychetnik L. Ethics and evidence-based medicine. Med J Aust 2001; 175: 161-164.
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