Trial By Error: BMJ Responds To Appeals About Norway’s CBT-Music Therapy Study

 

David Tuller

 

By David Tuller, DrPH

Earlier this week, I sent a nudge to Professor Imti Choonara, editor-in-chief of BMJ Paediatrics Open, and Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, about a problematic “feasibility study” published a few months ago. That followed a letter two weeks ago, to which I had not received a response. Previous posts on this issue are here and here.

This morning, I received a message from BMJ’s “research integrity coordinator.” Hm. That seems like an important position at BMJ, given what appears to be a major lack of research integrity in some of the papers I have examined.

Anyway, the research integrity coordinator promises to have an answer in two weeks! That would be nice. Before I get too excited, however, I need to remind myself that it took BMJ a year to figure out what to say about the Lightning Process study–including how to correct/clarify it without having to retract it. So I’ll withhold judgment until we see what happens.

Below is the letter I received, followed by my response. I cc’d my co-signatories on the original letter, along with Professor Choonara and Dr Fiona Godlee.

 

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