Perhaps quality indicators should register if every cancer patient gets a chance for an unhurried discussion about their unmet needs, but not necessarily with a busy, overcommitted oncologist or oncology nurse specialist.
All of the studies were conducted by advocates of long-term psychodynamic therapy and that makes all the more surprising the uniformity of the negative results. After all, investigator allegiance is typically a stronger predictor of the outcome of a clinical trial evaluating a psychotherapy than the therapy being evaluated.
This blog is intended to encourage a healthy skeptical attitude toward the behavioral sciences literature and media coverage of it. It will provide critiques of specific studies and claims but also give readers a set of tools with which they can independently evaluate claims and be alert to hype and hokum. By confronting the journals and the media with better armed and more sophisticated readers, the blog is intended to improve the quality of the information available about research in the behavioral sciences.
Claims that are too good to be true probably are not true.