Pharmaco-epistemology for the prescribing geriatrician

Authors

  • David G Le Couteur,

    1. Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, Concord RG Hospital and the ANZAC Research Institute, Concord, New South Wales, and the University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Hal Kendig

    1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Correspondence to: Professor David G Le Couteur, Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, Concord RG Hospital. Email: dlecouteur@med.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

Clinicians are becoming more reliant on their interpretation of clinical trial information to guide prescribing rather than their clinical skills. Thus to improve prescribing, it is increasingly important for clinicians to have an appreciation of epistemology (the science of knowledge and its interpretation) and the broader social context of knowledge. The insights of epistemologists can be useful in understanding the different ways in which clinical trials data are interpreted.

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