Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Brief, non-directive psychotherapy and GP care both improved patients' emotional difficulties
Free

Statistics from Altmetric.com

OpenUrlCrossRefPubMedWeb of Science

Question In patients with emotional difficulties is brief, non-directive psychotherapy more effective than routine general practitioner (GP) care?

Design

Randomised controlled trial with 9 months follow up.

Setting

14 practices in north west London, UK.

Patients

136 patients who were ≥18 years of age (mean age 39 y, 81% women) and had emotional difficulties starting within the previous 6 months that their GP felt required a brief, non-directive psychotherapy intervention. Exclusion criteria were current receipt of brief psychotherapy or other form of psychological intervention, psychotic or chronic mental illness, suicidal tendencies, severe drug or alcohol dependency, physical illness precluding coming to the doctor's office, or inability to complete questionnaires. Follow up at 9 months was 86%.

Intervention

Patients were allocated to brief, non-directive psychotherapy (n=70) or routine care from their GP (n=66). 4 general practice based …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.