Abstract

Clinical equipoise links ethically appropriate medical research with medical research that has the reasonable chance of resolving debates. We argue against this principle on the ground that most debates in medicine cannot be resolved by the outcomes of any particular (even extremely rigorous) empirical study. In fact, a deep understanding of the methodology of scientific research leads to the conclusion that adopting clinical equipoise as an ethical standard for medical research would deprive medical researchers of the ability to confirm clinical hypotheses.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2156-7174
Pages
pp. 17-34
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-21
Open Access
No
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