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Doctors as a knowledge and intelligence building group: pragmatic principles underlying decision-making processes

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  • Correspondence to Dr Francisco Borrell-Carrió;

  • Contributors FB-C contributed to the drafting of the manuscript, gave main ideas and took part in group coordination. AE contributed to the philosophical review and terminology. FWP was involved in the box drafting, reviewing concepts and discussion. VM provided the clinical vignette and applied evidence-based medicine to the clinical case.

  • Funding This work was supported by Spanish Government's DGICYT research project: FFI2011-23238, “Innovation in scientific practice: cognitive approaches and their philosophical consequences”. This work is part of the consolidated network, recognised by the Generalitat of Catalonia as “Grup d'Estudis Humanístics de Ciència I Tecnologia” (GEHUCT; “Humanistic Studies on Science and Technology”).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.