Das Online-Magazin des DATADIWAN
Ausgabe Nr. 2 / November 1998 - ISSN 1435-1560
|Autor:||Gerben ter Riet|
|Keywords:||Methodologie, Methodology, monophasische prospektive Einzelfallstudie,single-case studies, Wirksamkeitsnachweis, Naturheilkunde, Naturopathy,unkonventionelle Therapierichtungen, randomisierte placebokontrollierte Doppelblindstudie|
|Abstract:||Darstellung einer fiktiven monophasischen prospektiven Einzeifallstudie|
|Copyright:||Patienteninformation für Naturheilkunde e.V., Berlin 1998|
I wrote an abstract for a fictitious monophasic prospective single-case study to get a feeling for what they will look like.
It will be interesting to see how different readers judge the evidence from this hypothetical study.
Background: epidemiologists and biostatisticians are notorious for their inability to invent new study designs for intervention research that are tailored to the needs of complementary-medicine and possess enough (scientific) rigor to seduce open-minded sceptics to accept causal explanations.
Objective: to measure the effectiveness of individualized and flexible treatment with lysergide sodium diethylamide (LSD) in increasing people's imaginative creativity with regard to the invention of new study designs.
Design: a one week-end "monophasische prospektive Einzeifallstudie" with six male and six female Dutch epidemiologists.
Setting:. the department of Epidemiology at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Outcome measures: the two-day cumulative incidence of not previously described study designs yielding unbiased estimates of treatment effects.
Results: one female participant described an interesting new study design that appears to yield unbiased effect estimates. The other eleven participants, although reporting colourful descriptions of mental scenery, did not report new study designs.
Conclusion: individualized flexible treatment with LSD causes the invention of new study types that could be fruitfully used in future intervention research.