25 March 2006

Ideology blights medicine, not just policymaking

If you think that medicine and publications such as The Lancet rise above ideology, read this post by Dr Mike Eades, and think again. Without going into detail, it appears that some doctors believe in low-fat diets and others believe in low-carb diets, and that these doctors' beliefs impede impartial scientific investigation. In medicine then, as in policymaking, ideology gets in the way of rational decision-making. Ideology should not drive medicine and it should not drive policymaking. Ideologues cannot help but distort facts and respond inadequately to events. Outcomes, not ideology, should drive policy.

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