When wait lists are not feasible, nothing is a thing that does not need to be done.

McFarlane, A.C. and Devilly, G.J (2009) When wait lists are not feasible, nothing is a thing that does not need to be done.. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77 6: 1159-1168. doi:10.1037/a0016878

Author McFarlane, A.C.
Devilly, G.J
Title When wait lists are not feasible, nothing is a thing that does not need to be done.
Journal name Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-2117
Publication date 2009-12-09
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0016878
Volume 77
Issue 6
Start page 1159
End page 1168
Total pages 10
Editor Dr Annette M. La Greca
Arthur M. Nezu
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract Clinical psychology practices initially grew through the use of case studies, uncontrolled trials, and eventually through randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The use of a wait-list control group is standard practice in such trials of treatment regimens for psychopathological conditions. However, as knowledge advances regarding the successful treatment of such conditions, best practice guidelines are being developed. These guidelines have predominantly been based on the results of RCTs and use aggregating mechanisms, such as meta-analysis, to derive their conclusions. The authors argue here for statistical methods that allow for comparisons to existing data from wait-list controls for which the continued use of wait-list conditions has become problematic. Using posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an example, this article proposes various methods for obviating the need for a wait-list control under such circumstances. After conducting separate meta-analyses for both treatment and control conditions, the authors found that wait-list conditions do provide some benefit to participants with PTSD, but current best practice treatment conditions elicit far superior effect sizes. The various methods for evaluating a study without a wait-list control are proposed and demonstrated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Keyword Psychology
Wait-list control
Psychopathological conditions
Best practice guidelines
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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