Editorial. In 2020, Harik, Grubbs, and Hamblen published an article in the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS) aiming to show that the format in which treatment information is presented impacts individuals’ preferences for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments. The authors presented their method as involving the unbiased description of various evidence-based PTSD treatments, which included EMDR therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, stress inoculation training, and antidepressant medication. These descriptions were not provided within the paper itself, but were rather available as supplemental material on the journal’s website. Despite the stated endeavor of neutrality, the description of EMDR therapy was outlined less favorably than other empirically supported trauma interventions, and included the following statement: “Some experts believe that the side to side eye movements in EMDR are important. Other experts believe that the eye movements are not important, and that EMDR works by using ideas from other treatments (like cognitive-behavioral therapies)” (Harik et al., 2020, supplemental material, p. 3).
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