The Uses and Abuses of research

I’d like to recommend a paper by Jonathon Shedlar which was taken from ‘Where is the evidence for “evidence based” therapy, published in the Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, 2015.

It takes a critical look at the research into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and demonstrates just how possible it is for words to mean one thing in one context and another in another context and for scientific research to be actually very unscientific.

I had read the research myself some years ago and had simply hoped that the claims that were made for CBT had been updated and were based on more sound and realistic research since then. But it seems not. He recommends that people really look at the research before buying into the hyperbole and I would support this recommendation. Don’t believe what you are told, check it out for yourself.