Evidence-based medical ethics

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Evidence-based medical ethics[1][2] is a form of medical ethics that uses knowledge from ethical principles, legal precedent, and evidence-based medicine to draw solutions to ethical dilemmas in the health care field. Sometimes this is also referred to as argument-based medical ethics.[3] It is also the title of the book Evidence-Based Medical Ethics: Cases for Practice-Based Learning[4] by Drs. John E. Snyder and Candace C. Gauthier, published by Humana-Springer Press in 2008 (ISBN 978-1-60327-245-2). While seen as a promising new approach to bioethical problem solving by many, it has also been criticized for misrepresenting ethical problems as problems that can be solved by appeal to the evidence as the "bottom line".[5]


  1. ^ Evidence based medicine and ethics. Hope T. J Med Ethics. 1995 October; 21(5): 259–260.
  2. ^ Ethics and evidence based medicine. Kerridge I, Lowe M, Henry D. BMJ. 1998;316:1151-1153 (11 April).
  3. ^ Argument-based medical ethics: A formal tool for critically appraising the normative medical ethics literature. McCullough LB, Coverdale JH, and Chervenak FA. AJOG. 191 (4): 1097-1102. October 2004.
  4. ^ Evidence-Based Medical Ethics: Cases for Practice-Based Learning. Snyder, John E., Gauthier, Candace C. 2008, 240 p., Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-60327-245-2.
  5. ^ Evidence-based ethics? On evidence-based practice and the "empirical turn" from normative bioethics. Goldenberg MJ. BMC Med Ethics. 2005 November;6(11): http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/6/11.