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25 Jun 2010

Brief interventions 'as effective as usual GP care' for depression


Brief interventions that deliver counselling, problem solving and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in general practice are equally effective as treatments for depression and anxiety, a study shows.

The latest research evidence in support of psychological therapies comes days after the Coalition Government committed itself to ‘broaden the range of therapies available’, in the light of growing concerns that CBT was being invested in at the expense of other clinically useful therapies.

The meta-analysis published in the journal BMC Medicine, found six sessions in all three forms of psychological therapy were equally effective in patients with either depression or mixed anxiety with depression.

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