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Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Correspondence to Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}doctors.org.uk

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Should an intervention without evidence ever be undertaken? Discuss

It has been a ‘debate topic’ for a number of conferences, medical student societies and online fora: Should an intervention without evidence ever be undertaken?

There are a couple of key elements here: one—the idea that there can be an intervention ‘with no evidence’, and two—that an absence of evidence should be interpreted as evidence of absence of effect. Both …

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