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Professor Sue Luty
Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences, PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT): which is more effective for depression?
177 adults (aged over 18 years) with DSM-IV non-psychotic major depression. Main exclusions: history of mania, schizophrenia, major physical illness, moderate or severe current alcohol or drug dependence, antisocial personality disorder or failure to respond to a recent (within the last year) trial of either CBT or IPT.
Recruitment from various sources including mental health out-patient clinics, psychiatric emergency services, self-referral and general practitioners between August 1998 and February 2003; treatment delivered in a university-based outpatient research unit.
CBT or IPT for up to 16 weeks. Both approaches were delivered as 50-minute weekly sessions.
Change in depression symptoms (% change in Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score) between baseline and follow-up.
89.8% of people completed adequate treatment (at least 8 sessions of weekly therapy); 100% included in intention-to-treat analyses.
Randomised controlled trial. …
Source of funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand.
Competing interests: None.
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