Quick Thoughts

Confirmation bias in JAMA Psychiatry article concerning neighborhood-level variation in risk of psychosis

This article represents a good teaching example of confirmation bias, whereby weak findings are interpreted as consistent with the dominant view in the literature.

Develop a life-threatening illness before tenure, lose your faculty position and your health-insurance

Another revealing story of just how  vulnerable Americans are with respect to health insurance and security of employment when they become ill.

No, seats on the US Institute of Medicine advisory committees are not for sale, despite what the Dutch Parliament was told

How the Executive Director of the Health and Medicine Division of the IoM responded to Professor Pim van Gool, the President of the Dutch Health Council disparaging the reputation of the IoM in testimony to the Dutch Parliament.

Probing the claim a black, working-class man would have to call 80 psychotherapists to get an appointment.

Study of returned calls from psychotherapists for requests for first appointments got lots of attention in social media but were claims accurate?

At least 3 reasons you don’t have to read Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia 2

Has the British Psychological Society lost its audience for misrepresentatingn of serious mental disorder?

HappinessCounter, a new digital app that encourages you to smile in your daily life

There is so much wrong with this app from the University of Tokyo and Sony, I don.t know where to start. So, I won’t.

Mindfulness: A web-based masterclass

A bonus of free access to a web-based Mastercourse on Mindfulness for those who respond quickly

Screening for Distress and Depression vs Optimizing Support and Compassion in Medical Care

My upcoming talks at the Dutch International Congress on Insurance Medicine 2017

Unethical: Why Bristol University SMILE trial should not have been conducted with chronically ill children

If it should have been conducted at all, the first clinical trial of Lightning Process should not have been conducted with chronically ill children. Safety and efficacy had neither been established with adults, nor healthy children.

CDC – Don’t just discreetly change recommendations for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, publicize the changes!

  No one is going to notice important changes to Center for Disease Control recommendations for treating chronic fatigue syndrome unless explanations are often and disseminated. Unless you stumbled on it by accident, you had to be a routine watcher of the CDC website to have noticed a discrete last summer in the agency’s recommendations […]

Bristol University should start cleaning up its clinical trial registries by publishing two psychosocial intervention studies

A story in the feisty Bristol Cable revealed Bristol University ignores its responsibilities to publish results of clinical trials. A follow up story announced the university’s pledge to remedy the situation. The investigation of hidden data excluded psychosocial intervention trials. But here are two trials for which publication is overdue.