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Cochrane’s risk of bias tool in the context of psychotherapy outcome research


Munder, Thomas; Barth, Jürgen (2018). Cochrane’s risk of bias tool in the context of psychotherapy outcome research. Psychotherapy Research, 28(3):347-355.

Abstract

The Cochrane risk of bias tool (RoB) is a widely used measure for methodological quality of randomized controlled trials. This paper discusses RoB's rationale and risk of bias domains, reports on its application in current psychotherapy meta-analyses, and offers comments regarding the application of RoB in the context of psychotherapy outcome research. Our suggestions include focusing on patient's and therapist's expectations when judging the domain "blinding of personnel and participants" and paying greater attention to the domain "selective outcome reporting" and to matters of "treatment implementation."

Abstract

The Cochrane risk of bias tool (RoB) is a widely used measure for methodological quality of randomized controlled trials. This paper discusses RoB's rationale and risk of bias domains, reports on its application in current psychotherapy meta-analyses, and offers comments regarding the application of RoB in the context of psychotherapy outcome research. Our suggestions include focusing on patient's and therapist's expectations when judging the domain "blinding of personnel and participants" and paying greater attention to the domain "selective outcome reporting" and to matters of "treatment implementation."

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:4 May 2018
Deposited On:27 Dec 2018 06:21
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:58
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1050-3307
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2017.1411628
PubMed ID:29224503

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