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Only half of patients referred for talking therapies enter treatment

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 17 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g295
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Over 760 000 people were referred for psychological therapies in England last year, but only a half of these referrals resulted in the patient actually entering treatment, the first annual report of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has found.1

In 269 000 cases people dropped out or declined the treatment that was offered to them, a statistic that the charity Mind said was of major concern.

The IAPT programme was set up to provide services such as cognitive behavioural therapy for people with anxiety and depression.

The data, collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre for 2012-13, show that two thirds of people referred for …

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