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Skeptical thinking series: an introduction to skeptical thinking in the evaluation of claims

Davidson, Darina; Mulpuri, Kishorea,c; Mathias, Richard G.b

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B:
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32834410e9
Evidence and Outcomes

The aim of this study is to introduce the concept of skeptical thinking to evaluate a claim using the six component (Falsifiability, Logic, Comprehensiveness, Honesty, Replicability, and Sufficiency) FiLCHeRS method. These six rules were used to assess whether claims should be accepted or rejected. As this is an introductory study, there are no concrete results to report, although the conclusion is that the method of skeptical thinking using the FiLCHeRS method is a suitable and logical approach to evaluate a claim.

Author Information

aDepartments of Orthopaedics

bHealth Care and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

cDivision of Orthopaedics, Section of Surgery, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Correspondence to Dr Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, MS(Ortho), MHSc(Epi), Division of Orthopaedics, Section of Surgery, British Columbia Children's Hospital, A207A– 480 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H3V4, Canada Tel: +1 604 875 2054; fax: +1 604 875 2275; e-mail:

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