Quick Thoughts

When promoting cognitive behavior therapy for fibromyalgia is quackery

A probing of a story about fibromyalgia popping in my Facebook feed revealed incredible misleading claims and dips into quackery

PACE-Gate: The Making of a Medical Scandal

An advance look at a forthcoming Editorial for a Journal of Health Psychology Special Issue on the PACE trial-A Medical Scandal.

Misconduct in an author’s nomination of reviewers for his manuscript

An author, Kjell Gundro Brurberg  appealed the rejection of his manuscript. He was offered an opportunity to nominate additional reviewers, but to ensure they did not have conflicts of interest. What happened next…

Asserting privilege: PACE investigators’ request that their manuscript not be peer reviewed or receive replies

After demanding parts of an article published in the Journal of Health Psychology be retracted, the PACE investigators requested their response be published without peer review and with no comments allowed.

Global expert on distant and faith healing chaired PACE Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee

Paul Dieppe, the initial Chair of Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee for the PACE trial is also renowned as a “leading global voice in the understanding and advancement of energy/ spiritual healing.”

NICE guidelines are discrepant with meta analyses and based on political considerations: An exchange

Are NICE guidelines often based on political considerations and discrepant with the results of meta-analyses and other best evidence?

Patients writing about their health condition were abused by a peer reviewer and silenced by The BMJ

Should patients submitting manuscripts concerning health conditions provide proof of their diagnoses, such as medical records or letters from their physicians? Should The BMJ apologize to these patients and their academic collaborator co-authors, given that no such apology has been forthcoming from the Action Editor?

Must original investigators get authorship in re-analyses of their shared data?

Requiring original authors to get authorship in re-analyses of their shared data can compromise the independence of how the data are interpreted.

Could I critically evaluate the published results of the PACE trial without the raw data?

The small amount of data from a clinical trial that was released and reanalyzed suggests that all the data from the trial should be publicly available.

Null trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis given positive spin in British Journal of Psychiatry

Study of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia with null findings spun as positive in British Journal of Psychiatry