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Meta-Analysis of Computer-Aided Psychotherapy: Problems and Partial Solutions
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 18:18 authored by Isaac M. Marks, Pim Cuijpers, Kate CavanaghKate Cavanagh, Annemieke van Straten, Lina Gega, Gerhard Andersson
Meta-analysis can be valuable if it heeds its originators' caution that intimate communing with the data is essential. A critique of the authors' own meta-analysis shows that the danger of overly broad conclusions could be reduced by attention to specificities and awareness of potentially hidden sources of variance. Conclusions from even good meta-analyses are best placed in perspective, along with naturalistic reviews, open studies, and even anecdotes to yield a fair picture of what computer-aided psychotherapy or any other treatment can achieve under varying conditions. The most realistic picture comes from zooming in and out and melding meta-analyses with further types of evidence.
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
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