Evidence-based Medicine: An Ethical Imperative

David Ramey, DVM

Equine Medicine Practitioner; Contributor, Science-based Medicine Blog; Author

Abstract

Ethical treatment of animals is more than merely a matter of causing no harm and pleasing the client. A veterinarian has a moral and ethical obligation to provide treatment for which there is good evidence of effectiveness. Indeed, society desires and expects that effective treatments are being provided. For any treatment, establishing proof of efficacy as well as potential risks and benefits is an ethical requirement.

Keywords

medical ethics, evidence-based medicine, client consent


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