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Let’s Distinguish Relative and Absolute Efficacy to Move Psychotherapy Research Forward

Munder, T; Flückiger, C; Leichsenring, F; Abbass, AA; Hilsenroth, MJ; Luyten, P; Rabing, S; ... Wampold, BE; + view all (2019) Let’s Distinguish Relative and Absolute Efficacy to Move Psychotherapy Research Forward. [Editorial comment]. Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie , 65 (2) pp. 127-178. 10.13109/zptm.2019.65.2.178.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Background regarding a recent debate between Cuijpers et al. (2019a, b) and the authors (Munder et al. 2019) about the efficacy of psychotherapy for depression is given. METHOD: A main reason for the discrepancy in Cuijpers et al.’s and our conclusions is discussed. RESULTS: In our view the discrepancy is due, among other things, to a blurred distinction between questions of relative and absolute efficacy of psychotherapy. Although the efficacy of psychotherapy vis-à-vis alternative treatments may be ambiguous, there can be little doubt about the benefits of psychotherapy relative to no treatment. CONCLUSION: We do not think that raising fundamental concerns about the value of psychotherapy is a service to the field. We argue that moving the field forward requires a focus on how psychotherapy works and how the access to psychotherapy can be increased.

Type: Article
Title: Let’s Distinguish Relative and Absolute Efficacy to Move Psychotherapy Research Forward
DOI: 10.13109/zptm.2019.65.2.178
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.13109/zptm.2019.65.2.178
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Efficacy, Psychotherapy, Depression, Meta-analysis
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075464
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