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Adding acupuncture or counselling to usual care hastens improvement in persistent depression

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5789
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Patients with depression who received acupuncture or counselling on top of their usual care in primary care experienced greater improvement in their depressive symptoms at three months than patients who received usual care alone, UK researchers have found.

However, after nine months, depressive symptoms were no longer significantly improved in the acupuncture and counselling groups, because depression scores in the usual care group had caught up, found the study.1

The study included 755 patients who in the past five years had consulted in primary …

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