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Are meta-analyses done by promoters of psychological treatments as tainted as those done by Pharma?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    James C. Coyne is an influential psychologist who isn't afraid to criticise other psychological researchers if they don't maintain high standards.

    This probably isn't his best piece, in my opinion. Most of it is on triple P parenting program but one has to read quite a bit to get to his main point(s).

    Anyway, here's a piece near the start that I thought was interesting enough:

    There is a Cochrane review of GET being undertaken at the moment by GET researchers. I think it is useful to know the sorts of criticisms that can be made of meta-analyses.
     
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    As I mentioned, it takes quite a lot of reading to find out Dr. Coyne's concerns about the Triple P Parenting evidence based. Eventually he says:

    Just before it he quoted his own abstract:
    Given the small numbers often used in CFS trials, I find this interesting. Quite a few might get excluded with this criteria.
     
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    I don't think its as tainted. I think in many cases its worse, though this depends in part on the disease in question. I hope to say more after I read the article.
     
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    Most CFS studies would be considered pilot studies. Typically we cannot get enough funding to do larger studies. Yet this may also be why, in part, there have been inconsistent findings in some of the immunology, quite aside from problems with reliability of cytokine testing, cohort issues etc.
     
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    My own response to the length of Coyne's blogs sometimes reveals a degree of hypocrisy in my own complaints about the lack of depth and detail in most science blogging.
     
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