<i>Observer bias</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI:
Observer bias

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This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the observer bias that affects medical practitioners. It says that theories come into being because of prior expectations. The clinician is considered both blessed and cursed by the suppressive mechanism. Blessed when he detects expected and significant patterns, and cursed when significant irrelevancies are tidied away without being appreciated.

Keywords: medical practice; medical care; observation; expectations

Chapter.  1775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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