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"What if We Held Psychotherapy to Same Standards as Medication?" (James C Coyne blogpost from 2012)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Tom Kindlon, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Tom Kindlon

    Tom Kindlon Senior Member

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    James C Coyne is a bit of an interesting psychologist - a bit of a renegade as he asks searching questions of psychology.


    This is particular piece I'm referring to:
    so not new.


    This touches on some issues I explored in my paper

    about trying to make sure similar standards are applied to nonpharmacological therapies as pharmacological therapies

    e.g.
    and




    He makes some other interesting observations also on the comparison between antidepressants and psychotherapies for depression.*

    *Note: my main interest in this is not to do with the specifics of the debate about how to treat depression, but just general issues for when pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies (such as CBT and GET for ME/CFS) are compared.
     
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    Sean Senior Member

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    I get the feeling that James C Coyne would giggle at the SMC's press release that claimed the PACE Trial (a non-blinded trial which tested therapies that had different levels of encouragement and optimism and attempts to alter patients subjective perceptions about their symptoms) was extremely rigorous and the highest grade of clinical evidence conducted in the same manner of a drug intervention study.
     
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    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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    It is also worth pointing out that reviews of treatments for CFS tend to exclude or frown upon non-blinded trials. If such reviews placed the same standard for CBT/GET, the "evidence base" would basically vanish.
     
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    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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  6. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    Certainly does.

    Biased framing and priming are powerful disinformation techniques, as the BSP crowd know full well.
     

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