The Internet Therapist: adherence to Internet CBT compared to face to face CBT

shutterstock_149428403

Andrés Fonseca appraises a recent meta-analysis of adherence to Internet CBT and face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy for depression.

[read the full story...]

Internet-based CBT for chronic somatic conditions: problematic meta-analysis offers an overly enthusiastic appraisal

shutterstock_188509142

Ioana Cristea critically reviews a recent meta-analysis of Internet-based CBT for patients with chronic somatic conditions. She concludes that the review authors are offering an overly positive interpretation of their results, and that we need more high quality studies before we can recommend online cognitive behaviour therapy for this population.

[read the full story...]

CBT for insomnia in psychiatric populations: an effective alternative to hypnotics?

shutterstock_sheep asleep

Amy Green appraises a systematic review of CBT for insomnia (CBTi) in people with comorbid mental illness, which concludes that cognitive behaviour therapy could be an effective alternative to hypnotics. However, concerns about the review methodology cast some doubt on the findings.

[read the full story...]

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 17.36.49

Keith Laws, Alex Langford and Samei Huda provide a critique of the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology report published today.

[read the full story...]

Are treatments for borderline personality disorder cost-effective?

Dialectical behaviour therapy was specifically developed to help people with borderline personality disorders

Our resident Elf Economist, Chris Sampson, reports on a new systematic review of economic evaluations for borderline personality disorder. Are any cost-effective?

[read the full story...]

Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy for all common mental health disorders?

shutterstock_171530327

For his ninth Mental Elf blog, Mark Smith reports on a Cochrane systematic review of the effectiveness of short term psychodynamic therapies on common mental health disorders.

[read the full story...]

Collaborative care for depression: psychological interventions, alone or in combination with medication, offer additional benefits

A recent meta-analysis sought to identify factors associated with improvement in patient outcomes and in the process of care

Ioana Cristea reviews a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of collaborative care for depression, looking to identify factors predicting improvements. The study finds that collaborative care successfully improves both patient outcomes and the process of care for depression.

[read the full story...]

Depression and cancer: Lancet papers on prevalence and integrated collaborative care

double_dip__cvent

Kirsten Lawson highlights a trio of Lancet papers on the prevalence of depression in cancer patients and the efficacy of a new treatment programme called ‘Depression Care for People with Cancer’.

[read the full story...]

Collaborative care for adolescent depression: new RCT shows promise

shutterstock_125165846

Jennifer Laidlaw writes her debut blog on a recent RCT in JAMA about collaborative care for adolescent depression in primary care. The trial concludes that collaborative care is both feasible and effective in improving outcomes, but Jennifer highlights a number of limitations and questions for future research.

[read the full story...]

CBT versus psychodynamic psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder: long live the dodo or time for a change in research emphasis?

shutterstock_72639100

Andrew Shepherd appraises a study of the long-term outcomes of psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in social anxiety disorder, which finds both therapies are efficacious in treating social anxiety disorder in the short- and long-term.

[read the full story...]