In a video interview with Psychetruth, psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross provides a concise introduction to the challenges and problems of relying on information from psychiatry journals about clinical trials. After doing a study comparing valium and placebo, Ross describes a series of perks and free trips he received.
Ross relates how one top-level researcher then advised him “not to be so therapeutic” in his relations with his patients in clinical trials, so that he would get a more robust positive result for psychiatric drugs over placebo in future. “He was actually coaching me in how to manipulate the situation to increase the difference between drug and placebo,” says Ross.
Psychiatrist Tells the Truth About Clinical Trials (Psychetruth, July 29, 2014)