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Clinical experience versus scientific evaluation: A biased opinion?
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Orthopaedic Centre, Department of Orthopaedics Linköping.
2002 (English)In: Sports medicine and arthroscopy review, ISSN 1062-8592, Vol. 10, no 3, 178-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present the characteristics. of the scientific method and examine its effect on clinical facts. Because the scientific technique involves both reduction of facts (details) and generalization, it results in dangerous deformations of the clinical situation. Statistical methods used indiscriminately, as in many contemporary scientific papers, result in many false alarms and invalid therapies. Because of these limitations, the scientific method is not suitable for analysis of the true therapeutic situation, but can be used to gather biologic background facts necessary for the interpretation of observations made in the therapeutic situation. It is pointed out that clinical:experience is an ability to listen and observe that goes beyond science.

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2002. Vol. 10, no 3, 178-182 p.
Keyword [en]
scientific method, science, clinical experience, statistics, science
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48758OAI: diva2:269654
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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