Drugs and harm to society

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Comments on an article, "Drug harms in the UK: A multicriteria decision analysis" by David J. Nutt et al. (2010). The authors report an article on drug harms in the UK reports a study in which a group of 15 people rated drugs on 16 criteria. The article reports that the group had a "facilitator", and that "The group scored each drug on each harm criterion in an open discussion". In other words, the group, and not independent judges made the ratings. This is unfortunate practice, because it exposes the outcomes to the vagaries, as well as any benefits, of group processes. In this case, we do not have any before-discussion individual means, and so also cannot calculate the group mean before discussion. A better way to do this study would be to record individual ratings, anonymously, before group discussion, and to be aware of the potential effect of group dynamics on such ratings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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Hawkey, C., Rhodes, J., Gilmore, I., & Sheron, N. (2011, February 12). Drugs and harm to society. The Lancet. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60198-0

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