Discussion in 'Research methodology news and research' started by ME/CFS Skeptic, Aug 29, 2019.
or you could bin the subjective abstracts and print the entire trial its methods and most importantly its data that will actually shed light on some of the preposterous conclusion/beliefs of the people publishing come to .
Does this seem to make it easier to allow the sort of outcome switching seen in PACE?
Seems that they wanted to make it easier to class trials as having a low risk of bias because so long as a trial is randomised it is good:
From their appendix:
That makes it easier to spin results.
I get the strong impression that these quality assessment groups have completely lost sight of the PSYCHOLOGY of bias in scientific studies. Unblinded studies are fine if the endpoints are objective. There seems to be no mention of this, or the fact that bias for subjective measures is about psychology.
A tool like this is at best an approximation to what an intelligent experienced set of expert would conclude in a given case. It can never be better than that but it can easily be much worse if the people devising it are not particularly intelligent or experienced - which is almost certainly the case.
So the list of affiliations is very much as we might expect - professional 'quality experts' rather than people with intelligence and experience.
I think Sandra Eldridge at the Pragmatic Trials Centre has come up before. I am pretty sure that pragmatic trials are a phoney way to pretend to get efficacy information with a method that cannot do that (as it says on Wikipedia).
So someone has pointed out that the corresponding author for this - presumably the head honcho - is an author on the SMILE trial. You could not make it up.
The feasibility publication of the SMILE trial writes: "The authors would like to thank Professor Jonathan Sterne who provided trial methodology advice."
I wonder what kind of advice that was.
Are we sure that we're not misunderstanding something? Are they really saying that randomization is sufficient for a clinical trial to achieve a low risk of bias status? Why is there no widespread outrage over this apparent attempt to pass off garbage methodology as good?
I’m betting he’s wondering why he ever let them put his name on that one. Oops.
These two look familiar.
Are we seeing an attempt to protect the vast amounts of research investment into unblinded trials with subjective out comes, not just in relation to ME, but more widely in relation to CBT and further in psychology in general?
Does he realise by working with his mate on this dodgy paper he’s put his professional reputation at risk?
This isn't marking your own homework, it is revising the marking guidelines to allow the answer you have already given (and intend to keep on giving).
It is absurd that the use of randomised, uncontrolled, unblinded trials with subjective outcomes can be given the green light by someone someone who practices this methodology themselves.
Maybe it was the other way around?
To achieve the status of psychotherapist, my sister could have submitted a portfolio of her own work with her own critique. No outside assessment was needed. She has chosen to leave the CBT industry.
Well, there it is. Making the dumbening of medical research official, lowering the bar to pave the way for the psychologisation of illness. Nevermind that the results are disastrous, I guess that's a minor inconvenience and a sacrifice people are willing to make to be able to launder their personal opinion into "evidence".
This makes as much sense as returning to horse and buggies. How is regressing an entire field of science a good idea? Medicine is in serious need of major reform, this whole self-regulated thing is clearly not working.
Seems like it. The MUS project, and more specifically IAPT, cannot withstand genuine scrutiny and so the bar is being lowered all around to keep them artificially alive. In protecting failure, more failure is being added to the mix.
Rejecting reality and substituting their own.
This could explain the delays to the Cochrane reviews. With this new standard in place, they can be made to seem acceptable.
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