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Counselling has grown haphazardly

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1279

The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of offering counselling services in general practice in Britain has still to be decided, according to two new reports published this week.

The Role of Counsellors in General Practice, published by the Royal College of General Practitioners, found that, given the absence of good research based evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of counselling, services had grown up in a “diverse and somewhat haphazard fashion.” The authors warned that general practitioners, counsellors, and clients may be “done a disservice” if better guidance is not developed …

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