psychiatryRounds

Connecting Psychiatry - Expert community for all mental health professionals

Telephone-Based Psychotherapy Shows Durability in Depression

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points

o Explain to interested patients that for depressed patients taking antidepressants, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy delivered in-person or via the phone may bring about long-term improvement.

SEATTLE, March 22 -- For depressed patients on medication but too sad to seek psychotherapy as well, lasting help may be available by phone researchers found in a follow-up study.

For more than 75% of nearly 400 patients, the positive effects of six months of brief telephone psychotherapy at the start of antidepressant medication endured for 18 months after the first session, including six months beyond the end of all phone therapy, said Evette Ludman, Ph.D., of the Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies here, and colleagues.

This study, reported by Dr. Ludman and colleagues in the April issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, was a follow-up to a 2004 report on the same sample of 393 patients, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

For full article, please visit:
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/psychotherapy/article/10168/53636

Views: 6

Comment

You need to be a member of psychiatryRounds to add comments!

Join psychiatryRounds


psychiatryRounds Social Media

Sponsors

CMEinfo: Board Reviews in Anesthesia, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Radiology

© 2019   Created by PsychiatryRounds Team.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service