Part 11 – Weighing Evidence in Law and Medicine
Just as “Where’s the beef?!” was the exhortation in a once-popular hamburger commercial in the U.S., healthcare providers and patients should be demanding “Where’s the proof?!” when it comes to research in the pain management field. This article in our ongoing Series, “Making Sense of Pain Research,” examines parallels of proof in law and medicine regarding several critical questions: What qualifies as evidence? What are the requirements of evidence as proof? How much proof is necessary for reaching valid and just clinical decisions?