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Why evidence-based medicine (EBM) needs to adopt a pluralist attitude to evidence in psychiatry

Summary: In this dissertation I analyse the evidence hierarchy in the context of psychiatry. I do this by
specifically focusing on the claims of the journal of Evidence-Based Mental Health (EBMH). First, I investigate the claims made in this journal about psychiatric disorders and the use of evidence in psychiatric practice. Second, using the philosophical thesis of scientific pluralism I delineate the complexity of
psychiatric phenomena and how the EBMH journal’s claims downplay the complexities of psychiatric disorders. Third and final I propose an alternative approach to thinking about evidence in psychiatry. I argue for evidential pluralism in psychiatric practice to better reflect the complexity of psychiatric disorders.

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TitleWhy evidence-based medicine (EBM) needs to adopt a pluralist attitude to evidence in psychiatry
AuthorRaha Tarighi
ModuleHPSC3026 Research Project
Session2017-18
LeveliBSc Year 3
AssignmentThe main assignment for this class is a research project culminating in an report or 
dissertation not more than 10,000 words.
CreditAuthor
Other informationSTS academics supervise student projects in HPSC3026.
CitationRaha Tarighi. 2018. “Why evidence-based medicine (EBM) needs to adopt a pluralist attitude to evidence in psychiatry ” UCL Science and Technology Studies. HPSC3024 
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