Self help groups and professionally conducted group interventions are different

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.781b (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:781
  1. Andrew Bottomley, Consultant, psychosocial research and development,
  2. Ronald Thomas, Retired psychologist
  1. Cancer Support Centre, Bradford BD9 6RN
  2. Edtext International, Palmerston North, New Zealand

    EDITOR—Watts's letter about cancer self help groups is misleading.1 For example, the author refers to Fallowfield as having undertaken a review on self help or support groups,2 yet this article was a simple comment on a review by Meyer and Mark.3 In addition, Watts refers to Spiegel et al's study, which reported details of survival gains4; but this study had numerous methodological …

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