Meta-Analysis of Computer-Aided Psychotherapy: Problems and Partial Solutions

Marks, Isaac M., Cuijpers, Pim, Cavanagh, Kate, van Straten, Annemieke, Gega, Lina and Andersson, Gerhard (2009) Meta-Analysis of Computer-Aided Psychotherapy: Problems and Partial Solutions. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 38 (2). pp. 83-90. ISSN 1650-6073

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Abstract

Meta-analysis can be valuable if it heeds its originators' caution that intimate communing with the data is essential. A critique of the authors' own meta-analysis shows that the danger of overly broad conclusions could be reduced by attention to specificities and awareness of potentially hidden sources of variance. Conclusions from even good meta-analyses are best placed in perspective, along with naturalistic reviews, open studies, and even anecdotes to yield a fair picture of what computer-aided psychotherapy or any other treatment can achieve under varying conditions. The most realistic picture comes from zooming in and out and melding meta-analyses with further types of evidence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Kate Cavanagh
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:40
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 10:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13804
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