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"Non-financial conflicts of interests in psychiatric research and practice" (Maj, 2008) & BJ Psych

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    I just learned, via a James C. Coyne blog, of the following (see bolded bit) in the BJ Psychiatry's "Instructions for authors"
    (http://bjp.rcpsych.org/site/misc/ifora.xhtml):


    I also just read the following Br J Psychiatry paper which is free at:
    http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/193/2/91.long :


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    The paper is only two pages long, and doesn't require any mathematical or scientific knowledge, so should be fairly accessible.

    I have got frustrated that some people have only brought up financial conflicts of interest as a possible problem in the ME and CFS field.
     
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  2. Simon

    Simon

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    Just pulled out this quote from that paper where he talks of the:
    This problems of allegiance-to-theory bias seems to be dicussed surprisingly often in psychological research, though I haven't ever seen this translating to researchers disclosing allegiance-to-thoeries in 'conflict of interest' declarations.
     
  3. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    So,

    (very modest subjective 'therapeutic' effect) x (100 - 69%) = ?

    :whistle:
     
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  4. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Yeah - a lot of this sort of research leaves me thinking "Medicine needs to be made smaller". We shouldn't be routinely using treatments unless there's really good evidence that they're going to do more good than harm, and we often do not have that. If it is being made clear to a patient that they are trying an experimental treatment which may do more harm than good, and are provided access to the available data, then patients can make up their own minds about how to proceed.
     

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