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Future of psychotherapy in the NHS: Control groups play important part

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:514
  1. D B Double, consultant psychiatrist (
  1. Carrobreck, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich NR6 5BE

    EDITOR—In discussing the future of psychotherapy, Goldbeck-Wood and Fonagy comment on the difficulties in providing meaningful evidence about efficacy.1 However, they do not explain that the specific problem is about the adequacy of control groups.2

    Comparison of active with control treatment in psychotherapy cannot be conducted double blind as subjects inevitably know to which group they …

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