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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Observer bias

Observer bias

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(p.116) 28 Observer bias
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Where's the Evidence?
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William A. Silverman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0028

This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the observer bias that affects medical practitioners. It says that theories come into being because of prior expectations. The clinician is considered both blessed and cursed by the suppressive mechanism. Blessed when he detects expected and significant patterns, and cursed when significant irrelevancies are tidied away without being appreciated.

Keywords:   medical practice, medical care, observation, expectations

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