Evidence-based Policies? The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Prospects of Evidence Integration
Repositóro ULisboa: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/47508
In order to justify their policies during the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have implicitly appealed, especially in the early phases, to a biased ‘evidence-based’ philosophy of medicine heavily relying on computational and statistical evidence. This approach shows an important weakness: it largely ignores clinical and mechanistic evidence that could greatly contribute to the understanding and management of the disease. We shall argue that a pluralistic approach to evidence focused on integration could better support the fight against this and future pandemics.