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Statistical Spin: Linguistic Obfuscation—The Art of Overselling the CBT Evidence Base

  title={Statistical Spin: Linguistic Obfuscation—The Art of Overselling the CBT Evidence Base},
  author={Farhad Dalal},
This paper takes a close look at two interlinked studies on mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Teasdale and colleagues, 2000 and Ma and Teasdale, 2004. The second study corroborates the findings of the first study to claim that MBCT is a cost-effective treatment that prevents the recurrence of depression in 50% of the population. A close reading of the statistical and linguistic manipulations reveals that the outcomes are closer to 25%, and then too for a very limited population. In… 

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