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Short course of cognitive behavioural therapy may reduce health anxiety, say researchers

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6308
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A short course of cognitive behavioural therapy delivered by nurses with minimal training would be an effective and relatively cheap way to reduce health anxiety in general medical clinics, researchers claim.

Health anxiety or hypochondriasis places a substantial burden on health services because it leads to multiple consultations and investigations. Cognitive behavioural therapy is known to be an effective treatment for other anxiety disorders, but there are shortages of specialist therapists and long waiting lists for treatment.

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Health Anxiety in Medical Patients (CHAMP) study randomised 445 people with abnormal health anxiety who were attending gastroenterological, neurological, and respiratory medicine clinics in …

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