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Brief psychological therapies for anxiety and depression in primary care: meta-analysis and meta-regression.

Cape J, Whittington C, Buszewicz M, Wallace P, Underwood L - BMC Med (2010)

Bottom Line: Controlling for diagnosis, meta-regression found no difference between CBT, counselling and PST.Brief CBT, counselling and PST are all effective treatments in primary care, but effect sizes are low compared to longer length treatments.The exception is brief CBT for anxiety, which has comparable effect sizes.

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Affiliation: Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE, UK. j.cape@ucl.ac.uk

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Background: Psychological therapies provided in primary care are usually briefer than in secondary care. There has been no recent comprehensive review comparing their effectiveness for common mental health problems. We aimed to compare the effectiveness of different types of brief psychological therapy administered within primary care across and between anxiety, depressive and mixed disorders.

Methods: Meta-analysis and meta-regression of randomized controlled trials of brief psychological therapies of adult patients with anxiety, depression or mixed common mental health problems treated in primary care compared to primary care treatment as usual.

Results: Thirty-four studies, involving 3962 patients, were included. Most were of brief cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT; n = 13), counselling (n = 8) or problem solving therapy (PST; n = 12). There was differential effectiveness between studies of CBT, with studies of CBT for anxiety disorders having a pooled effect size [d -1.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) -1.31 to -0.80] greater than that of studies of CBT for depression (d -0.33, 95% CI -0.60 to -0.06) or studies of CBT for mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.26, 95% CI -0.44 to -0.08). Counselling for depression and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.32, 95% CI -0.52 to -0.11) and problem solving therapy (PST) for depression and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.21, 95% CI -0.37 to -0.05) were also effective. Controlling for diagnosis, meta-regression found no difference between CBT, counselling and PST.

Conclusions: Brief CBT, counselling and PST are all effective treatments in primary care, but effect sizes are low compared to longer length treatments. The exception is brief CBT for anxiety, which has comparable effect sizes.

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Figure 2: Brief cognitive behaviour therapy versus usual general practitioner care, sub-grouped by diagnosis.

Mentions: The meta-analysis showed small effects favouring brief CBT over usual GP care for both depression [d -0.33, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.60 to -0.06, k = 4, n = 450) and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.26, 95% CI -0.44 to -0.08, k = 2, n = 479) and a larger effect for brief CBT for anxiety disorders (anxiety d -1.06, 95% CI -1.31 to -0.80, k = 7, n = 450; Figure 2). In each meta-analysis, heterogeneity between studies was low (CBT for depression I2 = 0%, Q = 1.72, P = 0.63; CBT for mixed anxiety and depression I2 = 0%, Q = 0.05, P =.83; CBT for anxiety I2 = 15%, Q = 7.07, P = 0.32).


Brief psychological therapies for anxiety and depression in primary care: meta-analysis and meta-regression.

Cape J, Whittington C, Buszewicz M, Wallace P, Underwood L - BMC Med (2010)

Brief cognitive behaviour therapy versus usual general practitioner care, sub-grouped by diagnosis.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2908553&req=5

Figure 2: Brief cognitive behaviour therapy versus usual general practitioner care, sub-grouped by diagnosis.
Mentions: The meta-analysis showed small effects favouring brief CBT over usual GP care for both depression [d -0.33, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.60 to -0.06, k = 4, n = 450) and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.26, 95% CI -0.44 to -0.08, k = 2, n = 479) and a larger effect for brief CBT for anxiety disorders (anxiety d -1.06, 95% CI -1.31 to -0.80, k = 7, n = 450; Figure 2). In each meta-analysis, heterogeneity between studies was low (CBT for depression I2 = 0%, Q = 1.72, P = 0.63; CBT for mixed anxiety and depression I2 = 0%, Q = 0.05, P =.83; CBT for anxiety I2 = 15%, Q = 7.07, P = 0.32).

Bottom Line: Controlling for diagnosis, meta-regression found no difference between CBT, counselling and PST.Brief CBT, counselling and PST are all effective treatments in primary care, but effect sizes are low compared to longer length treatments.The exception is brief CBT for anxiety, which has comparable effect sizes.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE, UK. j.cape@ucl.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Background: Psychological therapies provided in primary care are usually briefer than in secondary care. There has been no recent comprehensive review comparing their effectiveness for common mental health problems. We aimed to compare the effectiveness of different types of brief psychological therapy administered within primary care across and between anxiety, depressive and mixed disorders.

Methods: Meta-analysis and meta-regression of randomized controlled trials of brief psychological therapies of adult patients with anxiety, depression or mixed common mental health problems treated in primary care compared to primary care treatment as usual.

Results: Thirty-four studies, involving 3962 patients, were included. Most were of brief cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT; n = 13), counselling (n = 8) or problem solving therapy (PST; n = 12). There was differential effectiveness between studies of CBT, with studies of CBT for anxiety disorders having a pooled effect size [d -1.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) -1.31 to -0.80] greater than that of studies of CBT for depression (d -0.33, 95% CI -0.60 to -0.06) or studies of CBT for mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.26, 95% CI -0.44 to -0.08). Counselling for depression and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.32, 95% CI -0.52 to -0.11) and problem solving therapy (PST) for depression and mixed anxiety and depression (d -0.21, 95% CI -0.37 to -0.05) were also effective. Controlling for diagnosis, meta-regression found no difference between CBT, counselling and PST.

Conclusions: Brief CBT, counselling and PST are all effective treatments in primary care, but effect sizes are low compared to longer length treatments. The exception is brief CBT for anxiety, which has comparable effect sizes.

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Related in: MedlinePlus