There’s some very problematic and troubling psychobabble research going on here in Sweden. We were extremely disappointed and hugely upset to find out that the Ethical Review Board (Etikprövningsnämnden) recently approved yet another study that without doubt will cause lots of suffering for the participants …and quite possibly negative consequences for us all once it is published (publications and conferences internationally); we are all familiar with psychobabble spin by now, and we have no reason to believe this one will be any different. It’s the same old “bad thoughts”, “fear/avoidance behaviour”, “gradually increased activity”, “there are no risks, no negative effects”, behavioural approach. You can read all the details in their application here (.pdf, 9 710 kB): http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/oUe8DTVi/file.html Full project description is available in English, starting on page 26. The person in charge of this study has been at it for quite a while already, and the stories those patients tell about their experiences are exactly what one would expect… Although it isn’t possible to appeal the Ethical Review Board’s decisions, our patient organisation RME is already working hard on several other levels to try and stop this. Ideas and suggestions are welcome!