of 10 people recover after CBT, claims study
November 18, 2009
by Angela Hussain
behavioural therapy (CBT) is helping almost eight out of 10 patients
recover from depression or anxiety, according to a study.
New research states 76 per cent of depression sufferers who had
CBT were either in recovery or remission, as were 74 per cent of
In all 2,795 patients finished CBT treatment at a Doncaster psychological
therapies programme during the 12 months from August 2006
Doncaster site is one of two piloting the government’s access
to psychological therapies programme. Ministers have said the programme
will "cure" 450,000 people of depression and anxiety.
of the Doncaster patients received CBT over the telephone, reported
the study in this month's British Journal of Clinical Psychology.
And most patients were given CBT by graduates or “workers
recruited from the local community” who received "be-spoke"
training in recovery.
Most people, some of whom were also on anti-depressants, received
“low-intensity” CBT. Some had “high-intensity”
The average duration of a person's CBT treatment was just 2 hours
government is expanding its psychological therapies programme to
115 sites around the country.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends
CBT as a first-line treatment for depression.
some counsellors and psychotherapists argue that other forms of
psychological therapy can be as effective as CBT.
British Journal of Clinical Psychology study, entitled "Improving
access to psychological therapies: Phase IV prospective cohort study",
did not control for any placebo effect.
David Richards of the University of Exeter,
who helped carried out the research, said: "Although follow-up
data on these patients will be important to investigate the lasting
effects of the treatment, our results tell us [this] is an effective
way to give depression and anxiety suffers the psychological help
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