Tricks of the Trade

Scott, Timothy
July 2006
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Summer2006, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p133
Academic Journal
Before receiving Food and Drug Administration approval, drug manufacturers must conduct clinical trials of their new drugs. Although all drug studies can be manipulated, antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs are particularly vulnerable to bias. The bias is not limited to the makers of these drugs. Most psychiatrists and their professional organizations strongly favor the use of neuropsychopharmacologic agents even when justifying data are lacking. This article relates an example of this bias involving antidepressants and suicide risk and then discusses 10 common research design strategies that are used to obtain the desired conclusion rather than find truth.


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