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Knowledge for Use (K4U)

Mental Health in the EU

Mental health in the EU: Providing ‘objective’ evidence for mental health policies.

Evaluation methodologies privilege RCTs for establishing whether treatments work. This makes it difficult to warrant more complex treatments, like psychological therapies, which are hard to test with
RCTs. It also misses many outcomes that matter to service users beyond the easily targeted symptoms and it downgrades the role of clinical judgment. Working with EU data, and based on preliminary philosophical and methodological research already underway [Cartwright (forthcoming)], K4U will develop a credible framework alternative to RCTs for evidencing therapies. With Jeremy Clarke and Andrew Fletcher.

Contact K4U

Department of Philosophy 
Durham University 
50 Old Elvet, Durham 
DH1 3HN, UK 

Tel: 0191 3346049 
Fax: 0191 3346551

Case Study Lead: Jeremy Clark

Adviser to the UK government on evaluating the effectiveness of psychological therapy services. Read more.