Clinical psychologists' judgments of the scientific merit and clinical relevance of psychotherapy outcome research

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In Study 1, clinical psychologists evaluated 1 of 4 psychotherapy studies, each of which varied on 3 methodological characteristics. Psychologists' judgments of the studies' scientific merit were influenced by patient assignment and follow-up but not by the therapists' experience level. Judgments of the studies' clinical relevance were influenced primarily by the patient population, the findings' applicability, and the nature of the therapy provided. In Study 2, psychologists were more critical of the methodology of studies that reported negative findings than they were of studies that reported positive findings. (2 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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