Monthly Archives: June 2013

What counts as evidence?

What counts as evidence – Backspace Vol 6 No 2 p28

This is a piece I wrote for Backspace, the newsletter of the European Chiropractors’ Union. It is mostly influenced by an article from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2009) which proposed a revision to Bradford-Hills’ ‘guideline for causation’ in relation to the assessment of research evidence. [My spelling of the principal author’s name is correct the first two times, “Howick” but for some reason best known to itself (to paraphrase Billy Connolly) I proceed to address him as “Howitz”! In the unlikely event that Dr Howick should ever read this please accept my apologies!] I recommend reading the paper by Howick et al (2009) and hopefully this article will whet your appetite to do so…