27 Mar 2007 All day CRASSH



27 March 2007
Venue: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), 17 Mill Lane



This one-day workshop event on 'evidence-based medicine in practice' is designed to bring together people using qualitative methods to illuminate statistical styles of reasoning in the clinic and healthcare policy and the impact of more than a decade of 'the implementation gap' on practices of research, education and management in medicine.

The day will start with a presentation by Stefan Timmermans (UCLA), co-author of a recent monograph, The Gold Standard, which won the Robert K Merton prize in 2005, on standardization in medicine. The next session will include papers addressing the different evidential idioms used in formal discussions of policy and practice, comparing a number of different disease areas and institutions.

The afternoon session will start with a paper by Carl May (Newcastle) on the difficulties of producing relevant knowledge within the framework of the randomized controlled trial methodology. This will be followed by several papers addressing the implications of the current ascendancy of the RCT and the meaning of objectivity, reliability and outcomes in the production of medical knowledge. We follow this with two papers which look at the ways in which strategies used in research are brought back into the clinic and reform medical practice. The day will end with a panel discussion including Dr David Pencheon, an expert in public health with a long interest in EBM.

Organised by: Catherine Will (Sociology, Sussex)
With thanks to Caragh Brosnan (Sociology, Cambridge) and Helen Eborall (Institute of Public Health, Cambridge)

We are grateful for financial support from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk