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Q Does minimal contact psychotherapy reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life for people with subthreshold depression?
Randomised controlled trial.
Single blinded (assessors).
Follow up period:
19 general practices, the Netherlands; time frame not stated.
216 adults (18–65 years) with subthreshold depression (at least one core symptom and one to four current symptoms of depression; Instel screening instrument). Exclusions: DSM-IV depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, social phobia, agrophobia or panic disorder in the previous year; already receiving or awaiting mental health treatment; life-threatening comorbidity; suicidality; psychosis; schizophrenia; or dementia.
Minimal contact cognitive behavioural therapy: self-help manual teaching cognitive behavioural mood management skills, including registration exercises and assignments. A community mental health worker conducted …
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