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Review confirms workplace counselling reduces stress

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:637
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Counselling can achieve a reduction in work related stress in more than 50% of people, according to a systematic review published last week.

    It showed that levels of work related symptoms and stress returned to the normal range for more than 50% of clients in two thirds of the studies included. Levels of sickness and absence also fell by 25-50% in trials evaluating these factors. Counselling interventions had smaller, but significant, positive effects on levels of job commitment, work functioning, job satisfaction, and substance misuse.

    The report's author, Professor John McLeod, professor of counselling at the University of Abertay, Dundee, commented: “Taken as a whole, there are now several plausible studies that show …

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