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Letters Quality improvement and evidence based medicine

Evidence based medicine misses the “art” of helping humans

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3426
  1. Catherine J Welch, GP
  1. Arran Medical Group, Lamlash, Isle of Arran KA27 8NS, UK
  1. cwelch{at}

Oliver’s view on the value of quality improvement is realistic, doable, and sensible.1

Although evidence based medicine has reshaped medicine, nursing, and allied health professions into knowledge driven, scientific (sometimes pseudoscientific) professions, it fails to tackle the multifactorial reality of what actually …

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