December/January 2008/2009 (vol. 05/4)

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Behaviour therapy meta-analysis

Behaviour therapy seeks to modify behaviour without addressing internal mental states (thus differing from cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT, which additionally deals with the way the individual thinks). A meta-analysis of studies on the use of behavioural therapy to treat depression identified 17 randomised controlled trials, covering 1,109 subjects. Behavioural therapy is significantly better than controls, brief psychotherapy and supportive therapy, and as good as CBT in treating depression.

Psychological Medicine 2008; 38: 611–623. 


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