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Perché non partecipo ai seminari clinici
Author/s: Paul Meehl 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  20 Pg. 295-314 FullText PDF:  166 KB

Why i do not attend case conferences.ABSTRACT: The author explains why he does not attend any more clinical case conferences, in order to improve them. In the first part a dozen of errors are described: buddy-buddy syndrome; all evidence is equally good; reward everything, gold and garbage alike; tolerance of feeble inferences (e.g., irrelevancies); failure to distinguish between an inclusion test and an exclusion test; failure to distinguish between mere consistency of a sign and differential weight of a sign; shift in the evidential standard, depending upon whose ox is being gored; ignorance (or repression) of statistical logic; inappropriate task specification; asking pointless questions; ambiguity of professional roles; some common fallacies (e.g., the Barnum effect). In the second part, which is not destructive but constructive, there are suggestions to improve the functioning and usefulness of clinical case conferences. [KEY WORDS: case conferences, clinical judgment, clinical evidence, single case, statistics]

Paul Meehl, in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2007, pp. 295-314, DOI:


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