philosophy of science

CauseHealth goes to Evidence Live

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Evidence Live is an annual conference, jointly hosted by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford and The BMJ. This year, CauseHealth was represented in two of the sessions, by Elena Rocca and Rani Lill Anjum. (more…)

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CauseHealth workshop N=1 is now a section in JECP special issue.

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The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice has dedicated a section of its latest special issue to collect seven contributions which were previously presented in the CauseHealth workshop N=1. A further contribution from the same workshop was published by the same journal last year. (more…)

What is the Guidelines Challenge?

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CauseHealth recently organised a conference in Oxford called The Guidelines Challenge: Philosophy, Practice, Policy.

For those who missed the event, podcasts of the talks are available on our YouTube channel, and there is also a summary from each of the two days on Storify (day 1, day 2). There is also a Twitter hashtag, #GuidelinesChallenge.
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Thinking about guidelines

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National Geographic Wild, Trafalgar Square in London, January 28, 2016.

On October 24, 2016, the CauseHealth crowd met with a small group of other philosophers, healthcare practitioners, and members of the guidelines community. We had a rousing discussion that lasted the whole day, with few pauses and enthusiastic participation from all in attendance. We talked about several issues with how guidelines are developed and implemented and how we thought philosophy could be relevant in solving those issues.

It is difficult to summarize the discussion in a few words—the topics were wide-ranging and participants shared complex ideas from multiple perspectives. I’m going to highlight here some of the themes that came up more than once, and to give an idea of where the group thought the discussion should go next.

Read more of Samantha’s review of the workshop
Read Rani on Real v. Ideal Guidelines
Read Elena on How Decisions are Made
Read Karin on the Ethics of Reduction
Read Stephen on the Notion of Guideline
Read Roger on the Challenges to Come
Read Fiona on Guidelines in Situ
Read Sarah on Truth, Simplicity and Personalization
Read Anna Luise on Challenging Multi-Morbidity
Read Stephen on Standards for Regulation
Read Samantha on Analogies and High-Stakes Inferences
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PhD thesis on serendipity wins award

Samantha Marie Copeland

Samantha Marie Copeland

Philosopher and CauseHealth Postdoc, Samantha Copeland, has won one of two Best Thesis Awards from Dalhousie University for her doctoral thesis The Case of the Triggered Memory: Serendipitous Discovery and the Ethics of Clinical Research. She has also been selected as their nominee for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award in Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for 2016. Congratulations! Read more about her work on serendipity and get the full text version of the thesis.

Metaphysics in Science – It’s there whether we like it or not

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Fredrik Andersen is PhD-student at NMBU and a CauseHealth collaborator

There is metaphysics in science, but not everyone acknowledges this. A recent paper by Fredrik Andersen and Jonas R. Becker Arenhart, published in Metaphilosophy, argues that Physics is no exception and that all successful scientific research presupposes metaphysics. (more…)