Sunday, March 27, 2011
Government Propaganda Masqueraded as Science
by Robert Whitaker, psychologytoday.com, March 25, 2011:
Five years ago, Maryland psychologist Ed Pigott read the first published results of the NIMH's large STAR*D study of antidepressants and depression.
However, even as he read that first article, he got the sense that "significant researcher trickery was afoot." Since then he has systematically exposed the trickery, piece by piece.
His latest article on the study, "STAR*D: A Tale and Trail of Bias," has just been published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. He is also now blogging about his findings on madinamerica.com, and has posted documents there that he relied upon in his "deconstruction" of the $35 million study.
I. The study was designed to produce an inflated "remission" rate
II. Various statistical manipulations were used to inflate the reported "remission" rate
III. In its press releases, the NIMH further hyped the already inflated results
Sounds very much like the Silly PACE Trial and other CBT research to ME ...