Introduction: Why is philosophy relevant for clinical practice?

Rani Lill Anjum*, Samantha Copeland, Elena Rocca

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This book is intended as an intellectual resource for clinicians and healthcare professionals who are interested in digging deeper into the philosophical foundations of their daily practice. It is a tool for understanding some of the philosophical motivations and rationality behind the way medicine and healthcare are studied, evaluated and practiced. In particular, this book illustrates the impact that our thinking about causality, both philosophically and conceptually, has on the clinical encounter. The aim is to engage and empower healthcare professionals to take part in changing and defining the premises for their own practice. After all, if clinical decisions should be based on evidence, this ought to be evidence that is relevant and well-suited for the clinic. The book has two parts, Philosophical Framework and Application to the Clinic. The first part is written from the philosophical perspective and presents a singular overall framework. The second part is written primarily by clinicians who address some implications of the philosophical framework for different aspects of their own practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient
Subtitle of host publicationA CauseHealth Resource for Healthcare Professionals and the Clinical Encounter
EditorsRani Lillc Anjum, Samantha Copeland, Elena Rocca
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030412395
ISBN (Print)9783030412388
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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