“The best safeguard against abuses in the future is a complete public accounting of the abuses of the past.”
— Senator Edward Kennedy on MKULTRA… 23,534 more words
This is an example of language framing. Language framing uses words and phrases to direct attention to a point of view to advance a vested interest. In this case the use of the phrase “honest and denial free” in the context of physician reporting imparts associative meaning to the reader. As denial is a recurring motif and cardinal attribute of physician addiction according to the paradigm, the connotation is that the reports by physicians may have been influenced by dishonesty and denial while face-to-face interviews done by “trained” interviewers were not. “Framing” is another propaganda technique designed to tell the audience how to interpret the information given through context. The message here is that the somewhat less lifetime prevalence of substance abuse and addiction in physicians found by anonymous mail survey may be underreported as a result of both methodology and denial. [caption id="attachment_49888" align="aligncenter" width="660"] AMSA is now known as the ASAM[/caption] But in actual fact there is a large body of research regarding “social desirability bias” that shows the converse to be true.