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Cognitive behavioural therapy cuts GP visits by frequent attenders, finds study

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 04 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5350
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is acceptable to long term frequent attenders and more than halved the frequency of their visits to primary care, a study has shown.

Most people who consult their GP frequently do so for only a limited time and return to normal consultation rates within 12 months. But a small group of patients, who typically have more than one long term condition and anxiety about their health, continue to attend frequently on a long term …

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