Meta-analysis of computer-aided psychotherapy: Problems and Partial Solutions

I.M. Marks, P. Cuijpers, K Cavanagh, A. van Straten, L. Gega, G. Andersson

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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. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-90
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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