Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient
A CauseHealth Resource for Healthcare Professionals and the Clinical Encounter
Anjum, Rani Lill (editor)
Copeland, Samantha (editor)
Rocca, Elena (editor)
This open access book is a unique resource for health professionals who are interested in understanding the philosophical foundations of their daily practice. It provides tools for untangling the motivations and rationality behind the way medicine and healthcare is studied, evaluated and practiced. In particular, it illustrates the impact that thinking about causation, complexity and evidence has on the clinical encounter. The book shows how medicine is grounded in philosophical assumptions that could at least be challenged. By engaging with ideas that have shaped the medical profession, clinicians are empowered to actively take part in setting the premises for their own practice and knowledge development. Written in an engaging and accessible style, with contributions from experienced clinicians, this book presents a new philosophical framework that takes causal complexity, individual variation and medical uniqueness as default expectations for health and illness.
KeywordsBioethics; Theory of Medicine/Bioethics; Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics; Health Sciences; Person centred practice; Evidence based practice; CauseHealth; the Biomedical Model; Shared Decision Making; Clinical Encounter; Medicine: general issues
Publication date and place2020