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I think as usual CBT will miraculously work, regardless of the type of problem (I'm still waiting for that trial of CBT for car engine problems). As long as the trial is designed so as to be unable to distinguish CBT brainwashing from genuine improvement.
One would think that the NHS would have some interest in properly designed trials so as to avoid being misled into spending money on ineffective interventions.
Indeed. Why no objective outcomes? Because they are afraid of null results.
Why two trials? To make it easier to switch outcomes or change definitions in the second study?
Unfortunately some medical professionals feel threatened by having to be so honest.
I have had this from two Drs, and I am sticking to them like glue.The honest thing to do when faced with unexplained symptoms is to tell the person that you do not know what the cause is so have no idea what to do.