Professor Chris Ferguson has called the PACE trial authors’ failure to release data from the trial one of “the most dramatic pieces of ‘bad news’ for academic psychology during 2015.” He made his remark in the May issue of the British Psychological Society’s official magazine, The Psychologist, which is read by the Society’s 50,000 members.
Professor Ferguson, a psychologist at Stetson University, Florida, said in his opinion-piece that psychology was in a “credibility hole” and that “too often, academic psychology has created a veneer rather than reality of science.” He added that “the refusal by scholars in the PACE trial of chronic fatigue treatment to release data revealed continued problems with transparency in published science…. Our problems are attracting considerable attention and, as the saying goes, there’s no better disinfectant than sunlight.”
Last week, a tribunal was held in London to consider Queen Mary University of London’s appeal against the Information Commissioner’s decision that data from the PACE trial should be released to a patient who requested it. A ruling is awaited.
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