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Guided self led or group therapy as effective as individual CBT for acute depression, finds review

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1833 (Published 17 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1833
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Guided self help treatment given by phone or in a group is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for improving acute symptoms of depression in adults, a review of randomised trials has reported.

“Applying effective and acceptable CBT in a range of different formats will make CBT easier to implement, disseminate, and deliver across different settings and diverse patient populations,” said the authors, led by Pim Cuijpers, from Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute in the Netherlands.1

They said that the findings should inform future guidelines for managing depression.

CBT was originally developed as an individual therapy in which a therapist works with a …

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