Reading Research: Details Matter
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 12, Number 5&6, July 2021
Topics: adverse events | control group | double blind | effect size | NNH | NNT | null hypothesis | number needed to harm | number needed to treat | Open Label | p-value | primary outcome | Randomized controlled trial | randomized discontinuation design | RCT | replication | secondary outcome | statistical significance | treatment efficacy | unblinded
Glen Spielmans, PhD.
Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.
Dr. Spielmans has disclosed no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
We live in a world where we are inundated with research studies and it is our job to vet these, looking for the pearls among the rocks. This article is a concise and practical review of what research can and cannot tell you and what to look for in a good study.