The warp of evidence-based medicine: lessons from Dutch maternity care.

@article{Devries2004TheWO,
  title={The warp of evidence-based medicine: lessons from Dutch maternity care.},
  author={Raymond G Devries},
  journal={International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation},
  year={2004},
  volume={34 4},
  pages={595-623}
}
Most critiques of evidence-based medicine (EBM) focus on the scientific shortcomings of the technique. Social scientists are more likely to criticize EBM for its ideological biases, a criticism that makes sociological sense but is difficult to substantiate. Using evidence from the scientific debate over maternity care in the Netherlands--where nearly one-third of births take place at home--the author shows that research evidence is the product of a researcher's assumptions about the practice in… CONTINUE READING