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Patients offered choices about psychological treatment have better outcomes, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i216 (Published 15 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i216
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Patients given a choice about the timing, location, type, or provider of the psychological treatment they are offered show better outcomes than those whose preferences are not met, a survey of NHS services in England and Wales has found.1

Services that provide psychological therapies are encouraged to offer people a choice about their treatment. Evidence has shown that giving people a choice between drug and talking treatments affects their outcomes, but little information existed on patients’ preferences for psychological therapies and …

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