The CauseHealth Series: Chapter 2 - Dispositions and the Unique Patient with Dr Rani Lill Anjum
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Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast, and second in The CauseHealth Series, exploring the book 'Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient (download here).

n this episode I’m speaking again with Dr Rani Lill Anjum, philosopher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and CauseHealth project leader, talking about her chapter 2, Dispositions and the unique patient. 

On this episode we talk about:

  • Why the unique patient and the concept of medical uniqueness.
  • Why do we need to think about philosophy when we address these clinical and evidential concerns?
  • The ontological foundations of EBM, with particular respect to the nature of causation (see Rani's paper here and recent BMJ paper here).
  • Dispositionalism as an alternative philosophical framework for person-centred healthcare.
  • Practical implications: What does this mean for the clinician? How does the philosophical foundation matter in practice? (dispositionalist take home messages).

Find Rani on Twitter @ranilillanjum and @Cause_Health

See here for more about Rani.

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