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Ethics and evidence-based medicine

Simon R Tomlinson, Kerry J Breen, Malcolm H Parker, Chris B Del Mar, Paul P Glasziou, Lucie Rychetnik and Stephen R Leeder
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (3): 137-139.
Published online: 4 February 2002

Comment: Tomlinson raises two important ethical issues in clinical research. While there are several ethical issues which may arise in acquiring and applying evidence to clinical practice and health administration, as outlined previously by Kerridge et al1 and picked up well by Leeder and Rychetnik,2 it is misleading if Tomlinson wishes to imply that the two issues he has raised can be attributed to the evidence-based medicine (EBM) movement.

  • Simon R Tomlinson
  • Kerry J Breen
  • Malcolm H Parker
  • Chris B Del Mar
  • Paul P Glasziou
  • Lucie Rychetnik
  • Stephen R Leeder

  • 1 Barwon Health, The Geelong Hospital, Geelong, VIC.
  • 2 Australian Health Ethics Committee, Canberra City, ACT.
  • 3 University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.
  • 4 Effective Healthcare Australia, School of Population Health and Health Services Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: simon@barwonhealth.org.au

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