Senior Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences & Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Philosophy,
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Dr Howick has spent the last 10 years investigating rules of evidence that govern whether we should believe medical interventions benefit patients, and placebo effects. His work in this area cumulated in a book ‘The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine‘ and a tool for gauging Levels of Evidence, both are used by researchers and guideline developers in the Uk and internationally.
More recently, he translated his research on placebos into a book called Doctor You, which is aimed at a non-academic audience. His research draws on his training as an analytic philosopher and clinical epidemiologist.
Dr Howick enjoys teaching and lecturing and has won several teaching awards. He leads a module on the History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Healthcare. In addition he teaches ethics and study design to medical students. Many of his students publish their work in peer reviewed journals in 2013 and he is keen to mentor students interested in: 1) the ethics and effects of placebo treatments; 2) evaluating the effects of evidence hierarchies; 3) how point of care (‘near patient’) tests can improve diagnosis and monitoring.