Updated April 18, 2014 (See below) A well done meta-analysis is the new gold standard for evaluating psychotherapies. Meta-analyses can overcome the limitations of any single randomized controlled trial (RCT) by systematically integrating results across
“As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted…”— William Connor This is the second post in a two-part series about claims made in meta-analyses in JAMA and more recently elsewhere that long-term psychodynamic
Part one: Psychoanalytic psychotherapy uber alles? One might conclude from a quick internet search that the benefits of long-term psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP) versus shorter treatments has already been shown: LTPP has a superiority
Special thanks to Ioana Cristea and Nilufer Kafescioglu who co-authored the commentary with me discussed in this blog post. I recall a Monty Python skit in which clever government officials solved a housing crisis by
“Strong evidence” for a treatment evaporates with a closer look: Many psychotherapies are similarly vulnerable.
Note: BMC Medicine subsequently invited a submission based on this blog post. Coyne, J. C., & Kwakkenbos, L. (2013). Triple P-Positive Parenting programs: the folly of basing social policy on underpowered flawed studies. BMC Medicine,