Initial severity of depression and efficacy of cognitive–behavioural therapy

Furukawa, T. A. et al. The British Journal of Psychiatry. Published online: 19 January 2017

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Background: The influence of baseline severity has been examined for antidepressant medications but has not been studied properly for cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) in comparison with pill placebo.

 

Conclusions: Patients suffering from major depression can expect as much benefit from CBT across the wide range of baseline severity. This finding can help inform individualised treatment decisions by patients and their clinicians.

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