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A culture of enquiry: research evidence and the therapeutic community.

Authors
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  • 1 Francis Dixon Lodge, Leicester, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Psychiatric quarterly
Publication Date
Volume
75
Issue
3
Pages
279–294
Identifiers
PMID: 15335230
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

This paper presents data from a systematic review and meta-analysis of 29 published studies of therapeutic community effectiveness using controls, including 8 randomised control trials. Meta-regressions suggest that the two types of therapeutic community, democratic and concept-based, and the age of the study, are the key sources of heterogeneity in the collection of studies analysed. Otherwise, heterogeneity is low and the meta-analysis confirms the effectiveness of therapeutic community treatment with overall summary log odds ratio for the 29 studies of 0.512 (95% ci -0.598 to -0.426).

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