Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Study backs U.K. government's talk-therapy initiative

The U.K. government has been trying to help more people with mental-health problems with its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Researchers from Exeter University looked at the effectiveness of the programme in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. They studied 2,017 people who had been treated for depression and anxiety. By the end of their treatment 76% of depression sufferers were either in recovery or remission and 74% of anxiety sufferers were. For all patients (including those who dropped out of treatment) the figures were 61% and 62% respectively. The average length of treatment was short (2hrs 45 mins) and most patients received low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the majority of which was carried out over the telephone.

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