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When a Placebo Is Not a Placebo: Problems and Solutions to the Gold Standard in Psychotherapy Research

Locher, Cosima and Gaab, Jens and Blease , Charlotte. (2018) When a Placebo Is Not a Placebo: Problems and Solutions to the Gold Standard in Psychotherapy Research. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (2317). pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

Randomized placebo-controlled trials are recognized as the gold-standard of evidence-based medicine but when it comes to psychotherapy research all that glitters is not gold. Translation of this standard from medicine to clinical psychology is fraught with difficulties. While a wealth of robust evidence shows that psychotherapy is effective for a range of mental health conditions the use of placebo controls to assess the effectiveness of specific psychological interventions faces serious conceptual and methodological challenges ( Gaab et al., 2018 ). In this Opinion article we identify two under-appreciated placebo-related problems which substantially risk the validity of clinical trials in psychotherapy. The first is a common misconception about the nature of placebos; the second is the problem of double-blinding. We review current solutions and future prospects for the gold-standard in psychotherapy research.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
UniBasel Contributors:Locher, Cosima and Gaab, Jens
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:20 Dec 2018 15:32
Deposited On:20 Dec 2018 15:32

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