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How not to test the prevalence of therapeutic misconception

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  • i In an ongoing study of TM led by my colleague Chuck Lidz, we found that subjects recruited from a list of people who indicated an interest in participating in research in general (n=36), compared with newly recruited subjects from a clinic population (n=55), had significantly higher scores (ie, indicating less TM) on the scale used to measure TM (mean scores 38.1 vs 30.4; analysis of variance F=8.491, df=1, p=0.005).5

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