Social structures of science and approaches to outcomes-based medical research

Walker, Christine and Jacobs, Struan 2002, Social structures of science and approaches to outcomes-based medical research, Critical public health, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 309-320.

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Title Social structures of science and approaches to outcomes-based medical research
Author(s) Walker, Christine
Jacobs, Struan
Journal name Critical public health
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 309
End page 320
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 0958-1596
1469-3682
Summary Recently, two seemingly divergent approaches have emerged in outcomes-based medical research. Proponents of evidence-based medicine (EBM) argue that the most effective treatments will be found by adopting a hierarchical approach that gives pre-eminence to randomized controlled clinical trials, where these are available. Proponents of participatory medical research argue that research undertaken with consumers and other partners in the community will produce the best outcomes. While one approach marginalizes consumer experience the other approach draws consumers into it. EBM assumes a high level of consensus in a scientific community, while participatory medical research relies on co-opting consumer experience. This paper indicates that each approach involves a particular view of social structure in science. The paper uses theories of social relations among scientists for the purpose of critically assessing EBM and the participatory model.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008567

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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