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Cognitive therapy protects against relapse in patients with recurrent depression

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-e

Research question Can cognitive therapy help prevent relapses in people with recurrent depression?

Answer Yes. A brief course of group cognitive therapy can reduce the risk of relapse in high risk patients

Why did the authors do the study? Recurrent depression is notoriously hard to treat, but there is some evidence that cognitive therapy can help prevent relapses. These authors wanted to extend the evidence to a wider group of patients and to look more carefully at who might benefit

What did they do? A total of 187 people were recruited to a pragmatic randomised controlled trial in the Netherlands, 69% from media advertisements and 31% from psychiatric …

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