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CBT may help people who self harm, Cochrane review shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2687 (Published 13 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2687
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may help people who self harm, a Cochrane review of the evidence has concluded. However, the reviewers warned that most of the studies evaluating the intervention were small and that the quality of evidence ranged from moderate to low.

The updated review, published in the Cochrane Library,1 evaluated a range of psychosocial interventions for adults who self harm. The researchers evaluated 55 trials including a total of 17 699 patients who were randomly assigned to receive either psychosocial therapy or the care that they would normally receive. Seventeen of the …

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