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Counselling is not appropriate for all patients with cancer

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:128
  1. Clare Moynihan, Medical sociologist.,
  2. Alan Horwich, Professor of radiotherapy,
  3. Judith Bliss, Statistician
  1. Academic Department of Radiotherapy, Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT
  2. Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT

    EDITOR—Young makes important points in stating that psychological interventions differ in theory and practice1; each intervention must be defined so that the correct terminology is used by health professionals to facilitate appropriate interventions. She claims that our evaluation of the use of adjuvant psychological therapy in patients with cancer erroneously interchanged the terms “psychotherapy,” “counselling,” and “adjuvant psychological therapy,” and that we dismissed “the benefits …

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