The Cochrane Collaboration came out with this press release to point out that one of their collaborators was posting his psychiatric criticism outside of his role in that organization. The critic mentioned in this release has written this blogger in response to my critique of his criticism of psychiatry. My response elicited a significant amount of derision directed at me from his apparent supporters. That led me to modify my policy on posting comments. I believe that he posted a response to my response on another blog or blogs that I never read.
While I am no great supporter of Cochrane and consider their site to be somewhat redundant, non-productive, and lacking creativity and innovation, it is obviously in their interest to distance themselves from statements that they do not consider to be in their best interest. For links to the exchanges on this blog with this critic, they are included in these two posts:
"There is a wide range of views within Cochrane on the benefits and harms of psychiatric drugs...."
Just this year, I lost access to a library database that I had previously accessed for years. I had to try to access Cochrane Reviews directly through a large publisher's web site. I was confronted with the prospect of purchasing the individual articles or an entire year long subscription through that publisher. They also have an open access model where authors can pay significant fees to have their articles published in an open access mode. The Cochrane Library is a published product just like anything else, subject to all of the conflicts of interest of a published product.
That is an additional perspective to have when reading the release.
George Dawson, MD, DFAPA