Norman Doidge, a contributing writer for Tablet, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author of The Brain That Changes Itself
and The Brain’s Way of Healing.
"The phrase, “all else being equal,” is crucial, because so often all
else is not equal. Simply repeating “RCTs are the gold standard of
evidence-based medicine” implies to the naive listener that if it is an RCT then
it must be a good study, and reliable, and replicable. It leaves out
that most studies have many steps in them, and even if they have a
randomization component, they can be badly designed in a step or two,
and then lead to misinformation. Then there is the very uncomfortable
fact that, so often, RCTs can’t even be replicated, and so often
contradict each other, as anyone who has followed RCTs done on their own
medical condition often sadly finds out. .... "
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