Keywords: evidence-based medical dispute resolution, law, evidence-based medicine, evidence evaluation, scientific evidence, litigation, adjudication, public policy
Towards a consensus on the evaluation of scientific evidence: 'Evidence-Based Medical Dispute Resolution'
Health and medical knowledge are essential to the resolution of disputes in law and administrative applications (such as workers' compensation) and provide essential input into public policy decisions. We have worked to develop a framework for applying the knowledge of health and medicine in law and dispute resolution similar to the highly influential concepts of 'critical appraisal' and 'evidence-based medicine' which have transformed medical practice. We call this emerging approach 'evidence-based medical dispute resolution' (EBMDR). Evidence-based medical dispute resolution is a systematic approach to evaluating scientific evidence in a particular context, that of law, adjudication and public policy.