Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Critical Review in Psychiatry

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Critical Review in Psychiatry

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Critical Reviews in Psychiatry

Tom Brown and Greg Wilkinson, editors

The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Gaskell, 1998

This is a new type of learning instrument. It is different from a textbook, a handbook and a professional journal. It provides the serious reader with the possibility of making a self evaluation of his/her understanding of freshly read scientific/professional material. The emphasis is on the word understanding, because it is not a simple memory testing system as are the self-evaluating questionnaires designed to check how much the reader remembers from a specific text, but a critical review.

Some aims of these critical reviews are, as stated by the authors: a) understanding research design and methodology; b) clarifying definitions and meanings of measures important in critical appraisal (for example: sensitivity, specificity, odds ratio); c) evaluating the clinical relevance of results in scientific papers; d) detecting errors in research methodology and research.

This book includes a cluster of ten articles published in the British Journal of Psychiatry during the years 1995-1998. These cover very different subjects such as "The psychiatric status of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome," "Controlled trial of exposure and response prevention in obsessive-compulsive disorder," "The predictive validity of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. …

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